All-Female ‘Ocean’s 8’ Debuts at $41.5 Million, a Franchise Best

The all-female heist film Ocean’s 8 easily beat out the competition in theaters this weekend, surpassing all four of the franchise’s earlier male-led films with a $41.5 million debut. Starring Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Kate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, and Awkwafina, the first gender-flipped version in the Ocean’s 11 franchise was a comeback of sorts for the series, which had been absent from screens for 11 years. The original film had only a $38 million debut in 2001, and the subsequent three never managed to break the $40 million mark. Ocean’s 8 bumped Solo: A Star Wars Story down to second place in theaters, with the space saga earning $15.2 million in its third weekend. Deadpool 2 trailed behind as No. 3 with an estimated $13.7 million. The indie horror film Hereditary, one of only two new wide releases this weekend, defied a D+ Cinemascore with a $13 million debut but failed to break into the top three.