Box Office: ‘Woman King’ Earns $1.7 Million in Thursday Previews

Box Office: ‘Woman King’ Earns .7 Million in Thursday Previews

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Sony’s “The Woman King,” starring Viola Davis, has earned $1.7 million at the domestic box office as theatergoers slowly embrace one of its first major studio releases in a matter of weeks.

The historic epic is aiming for a $15 million opening this weekend, where it won’t face much competition from rival releases. Other projections see a launch as high as $18 million to $20 million, or as low as $12 million. “The Woman King” comes with a $50 million price tag, so the bottom end results would be less than royal for Sony.

Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (“The Old Guard”, “Love & Basketball”), the film premiered last week at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it was warmly received by those in attendance. Set in the 1820s, the film stars Davis as a powerful general of the Agojie, an all-female military regiment that protected the West African kingdom of Dahomey. The cast includes John Boyega, Lashana Lynch, Thuso Mbedu and Sheila Atim.

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“The Woman King” will be pitted against the A24 horror film “Pearl”, a sequel to this year’s March release “X”, both directed by Ti West. “Pearl” is a prequel to “X” and tells the origin story of Mia Goth’s murderous matriarch. West and A24 have already announced a third film in the horror series, titled “MaXXXine”, which will be a direct sequel to “X”. At the box office this weekend, “Pearl” is expected to debut in the low millions, which would tie in with the $4.2 million launch that “X” had earlier this year.

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