Viola Davis’ epic of African warrior women woman king —reminiscent of the types of historical epics that Columbia Pictures has a long history of winning Oscars with – look at $12 million opening at Sony this weekend, while competitors are in the $13 million to $16 million range.
While adults have returned to the box office this summer with films such as Top Shooter: Maverick stash worth over $700 million and put Elvis in the US for $150.3 million, the question remains how they will get out at a time when there is very little on the marquee. It is hoped that this article by Gina Prince-Bythewood on the Agoji, a band of powerful female warriors in the Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states in Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries, will succeed and find a cross audience, especially as it begins awards season; women over 25 and African Americans ready to buy tickets. On Friday, the world premiere will take place in TIFF format. woman king already 100% on Rotten Tomatoes from 46 reviews.
Previews start Thursday at 3:00 p.m. at 3,200 locations and will increase to 3,700 by Friday. woman king will have the advantage of Imax and PLF screens. eOne co-financed a $50 million release by TriStar Pictures, directed by the label’s production head, Nicole Brown. Davis stars and produces King woman.
Comps are here for woman king before the pandemic: 2019 Harriet which opened with $11.6 million and closed with $43 million and received two Oscar nominations, as well as starring David and producer widows since 2018, which debuted with $12.8 million and earned $42.4 million domestically.
Also out this weekend is A24’s horror film Ti West, directed and written. Pearl starring Mia Goth, based on the characters she created with the director. The picture is the origin story of the previous horror picture, X, which started at SXSW back in March. X open to $4.2 million in 2,865 theaters and closed last spring at $11.7 million. The 86% fresh photo on RT follows Pearl, who is trapped on her family’s isolated farm. There, she must take care of her ailing father under the bitter and domineering supervision of her pious mother. Aiming for the glamorous life as seen in the movies, Pearl faces her own ambitions, temptations, and repressions. Booked in 2900 theaters, Pearl look at similar discovery for X. More than 140 cinemas will show a double play on Thursday X as well as Pearl. Third film in the franchise MaXXXine was announced at TIFF. Fans supported Pearl with near-sold out screenings of the Alamo with a live Q&A while the film had its world premiere from Venice.
A limited edition of Focus Features will have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. silent twins, at 279 points. The photo from Polish director Agnieszka Smoczynska, produced by Letizia Wright in the title role, tells the true story of June and Jennifer Gibbons, real-life identical twins who grew up in Wales and became known as the “silent twins” because of their refusal to communicate with them. anyone but each other. Once they reach their teens, they fall in love with the same boy and the world seems to blossom before going awry. Pictured is Kindred Spirit, 42, Madants/Nem Corp, manufactured by 30WEST. There are plans to expand the picture, which is 68% on RT.
Elsewhere, Fathom Events released a book by Kevin Smith. Clerks III from Lionsgate in 1200 theaters for $1.1 million general. Lionsgate teamed up with Fathom early in the process, following the success Fathom had with Jay and Silent Bob reboot in 2019. The non-traditional theatrical release allowed Smith the flexibility to tour the film in theatrical roadshows before and after the release of Fathom, presenting the film in a more intimate way. Box office receipts consist of both Fathom events and roadshows from across the US. Clerks III will continue to play this weekend.
Last weekend, with $44.1M on Comscore, it was the second highest-grossing weekend to date in 2022, after January 28-30, which was $34.9M. This is all because the distribution is struggling with a shortage of a core product that won’t arrive until mid-October with Universal/Miramax/Blumhouse. Halloween is ending and Warner Bros./DC Black Adam. The 20th Century Studios horror film came out last weekend. Barbarian saw a slight uptick in word of mouth, pushing its single-digit opening forecast to $10 million.