Ocean’s 8 success is “vindication for women”, says star

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Having been hyped for almost two years so far, Ocean’s 8 is delivering at the box office.

In its opening weekend in the United States, the female reboot has triumphed over both of its George Clooney-centric prequels. The estimated total revenue of its first three days of opening in North America was an estimated $41.5 million (£30.8 million), outperforming industry expectations, according to Box Office Mojo.

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Commenting on the box office success at the London premiere of Ocean’s 8, Helena Bonham Carter – who plays fashion designer Rose Weil in the movie – said though the success came as a “complete surprise,” it’s a vindication for women in film.

“It was lovely, really really fantastic,” she told Digital Spy and other media on the red carpet. “It’s a vindication for women in general, not just the ones who are in the movie.

“I also really hope they [the audience] enjoy it… I just want people to have a good time and have fun.”

Ocean's 8 cast

Bonham Carter’s character makes up one of the seven female accomplices chosen by Debbie Ocean (played by Sandra Bullock) to rob diamond jewellery at the annual Met Gala in New York.

The rest of the star-studded cast includes Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Anne Hathaway and Awkwafina.

And Harry Potter and The Crown star Helena said she hopes the franchise’s box office success encourages film makers to produce even more female-led films.

“Hopefully, we can shoot other huge movies and be backed and proven we are as commercial as the other gender, which we obviously know we were right from the start,” she said.

Ocean’s 8 is out now in the US, and opens on Monday, June 18 in the UK.


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