But "Ocean's 8" does away with testosterone, darkness and dramatic tension - elements synonymous with the crime genre and prominent in the first three "Ocean's" films.
"The cast was spectacular", said Gitesh Pandya, editor of Boxofficeguru.com, by telephone.
You can view this weekend's full box office results (via Box Office Mojo) below. It was a disappointing return for a movie that had a production budget of $144 million. It was expected to take in $45 million, Box Office Mojo estimated. In Ocean's 8, it's George Clooney's Danny Ocean's sister, Debbie Ocean (played by Bullock), who's leading the team of women who will infiltrate the Met Gala and steal pricey jewels.
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Co-stars include Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson and Helena Bonham Carter. Additionally, it is more good news for WB, as the film while being relatively well reviewed also has what appears to be solid word of mouth, as CinemaScore has pegged the picture with a decent (if not overly enthusiastic) "B+".
They're eight women, poised to take over from the men for an "Ocean's" reboot full of glitz and glamor - a particularly #MeToo affair that does away with the saga's traditional masculinity. Well, mostly. Sorry, Hathaway. "We hit them straight on".
"Hereditary" got a thumbs up from 93 percent of critics and generated sales of $13 million, beating the $9.6 million projected by Box Office Pro. Hereditary surged past A24's previous highest opener, The Witch, by over 40% and will continue to roll out to markets around the world next week. Toni Collette stars as Annie Graham.
Rounding out the top 10 is Adrift ($5 million), Book Club ($4.2 million), Hotel Artemis ($3.1 million), Upgrade ($2.2 million) and Life of the Party ($2.1 million). The film remains the lowest grossing of all the live-action Star Wars movies and sits far behind the other recent features from Lucasfilm by a significant margin (Rogue One, the lowest grossing new Star Wars movie before Solo, still sits at $1.056 billion worldwide). Jodie Foster and Sterling K. Brown star in the action thriller set in the near future.