Weekend Box Office: The Woman King is King w/ $19M Debut

Photo Credit: Sony / TriStar (“The Woman King”)

lady king

Sony Pictures Historical Action Drama lady kingStarring Viola Davis, debuted in first place with $19.0M.

That’s on the high end of pre-release estimates, which puts it at around $16M-$18M. It also breaks an embarrassing three-weekend streak in which the top film grossed nearly $10M or less.

[Read Boxoffice PRO’s interview with The Woman King director Gina Prince-Bythewood here.]

Compared to other comparable female-led action films starring Academy Award winners, the $19M opening had:

  • +4% over 2017 nuclear blonde With Charlize Theron ($18.2M)
  • +12% higher than in 2018 red sparrow With Jennifer Lawrence ($16.8M)
  • +71% over 2018 the destruction With Natalie Portman ($11.0M)
  • +89% higher than in 2017 to kidnap With Halle Berry ($10.0M)

Compared to some other comparable female-led action or historical drama titles of recent years, it also debuted:

  • 10% more than in July where the crowdads sing (17,253,227)
  • +41% over 2018 Mint (13,423,255)
  • +53% over 2018 widows (12,361,307)
  • +62% higher than in 2019 Harriet (11,676,720)

Earning A+ CinemaScore is a good sign for them KingIt is likely to hit the box office in the coming weeks. Its overseas rollout begins in October.

Wild

Last Weekend’s Leader, 20th Century Studio and New Regency Horror-Thriller WildFirst place debuted with $10.5M, which was slightly above pre-release estimates, putting it closer to $8M.

In its sophistication frame, it fell -40% to $6.3M and second place.

Compared to other biggest horror titles of 2022, Wildwas faster than a drop of sophistication:

  • of august bodies bodies bodies (-24%)
  • of august invitation (-28%)

However, it was faster than this:

  • of june black phone (-48%)
  • mayo fire starter (-48%, after simultaneous release in theaters and on Peacock Day by day)
  • of March x (-49%)
  • of january the Scream (-59%)
  • mayo men (-64%)

abroad, Wild Opened in very few markets so far, only earning a total of $1.0M overseas. It has a global total of $21.9M.

Pearl

Horrors of the A24 Pearl Started in third place with $3.1M, which is in line with pre-release estimates, if perhaps a little less.

Compared to distributor A24’s three other main horror releases from 2022, that is:

  • -27% less than March x ($4.2 million)
  • -5% below May men ($3.2 million)
  • Less than -1% as compared to August bodies bodies bodies ($3.12M)

see how they run

Historical Comedy-Mystery from Searchlight Pictures see how they run Was off to a running start, starting from 4th place with $3.1M. That’s a bit higher than most pre-release estimates, which put it closer to $2M.

The peak weekend was a $3.1M opening, versus other comparable comedy releases over the years from Searchlight Pictures and its predecessor Fox Searchlight:

  • +19% over 2021 french dispatch ($2.6M wide opening in 788 theaters)
  • +19% over 2018 favorite ($2.6M)
  • below -21% 2019 jojo rabbit ($3.9M)
  • -33% less than February 2020 slope ($4.6 million)

Estimated opening weekend audience for See 54% were female and 81% were age 25+.

The film began rolling out overseas last weekend and has now grossed $4.5 million overseas, most of which is in the UK ($3.2 million). It has a global total of $7.6M.

Top Gun: Maverick

of paramount Top Gun: Maverick Dropped just -27% to $2.3M on its 17th weekend and finished sixth. It’s the #39th-greatest seventeenth weekend of all time.

After earning “only” the all-time #41 opening weekend ($126.7M), it remains near the top for every frame so far, and generally the top-10. In the last two frames specifically, #29 and now #39, it’s starting to fall back to earth a bit:

  • #8 Second weekend so far ($90.0M)

  • #10 Third Weekend ($51.8 million)

  • #3 Fourth Weekend ($44.6M)

  • #4 Fifth Weekend ($29.6M)

  • #4 The Sixth Weekend ($25.5 million)

  • #7 Seventh Weekend ($15.5M)

  • #8 Eighth Weekend ($12.3M)

  • #6 Weekend Ninth ($10.2 million)

  • #10 Tenth Weekend ($8.4M)

  • #17 Eleventh Weekend ($7.0 million)

  • #9 Twelfth Weekend ($7.0 million again)

  • #13 Thirteenth Weekend ($5.8 million)

  • #13 Fourteenth Weekend ($4.7M)

  • #7 Fifteenth Weekend ($6.0M)

  • #29 Sixteenth Weekend ($3.1M)

  • #39 Seventeenth Weekend ($2.3M)

One of the few movies that has recorded more than a seventeenth weekend? 1986 original top GunWhich ranks #20 at all times on that measure with $3.2M.

abroad, Rogue There’s $754.2M for $1.46B globally – the top film of 2022 globally and domestically. The top five overseas markets to date include:

  1. UK ($102.0M)

  2. Japan ($93.6 million)

  3. South Korea ($67.2M)

  4. Australia ($64.3M)

  5. France ($58.2M)

moonlit daydream

Neon’s IMAX Documentary moonlit daydream David Bowie debuted in tenth place with $1.2 million in just 170 theaters, which is less than 10% of the number of other wide-ranging films this weekend.

That gross is the opening equivalent of the 2018 documentary whitney About Whitney Houston (also $1.2M). This is the second best opening of the year for a film running in <200 theatres, behind only french dispatch ($1.3 million in 52 theaters).

DreamThe average of $7,206 per screen was also the highest of any film releasing this weekend. It will expand to 600+ cinemas domestically over the next weekend.

Overseas, the film debuted in 28 markets with $1.4M, for a $2.6M global debut.

Brahmastra: Part One – Shiva:

Last Frame, Hindi language action-adventure Brahmastra: Part One – Shiva: Started in second place with $4.5M, on the slightly higher end of pre-release estimates which was around $3.5M.

This weekend, it fell -76% to $1.1M and ranked eleventh.

Compared to other highest-grossing Indian films of recent years, this sophomore drop is even sharper:

  • of 2016 Dangal (-35%)
  • of 2014 P (-52%)
  • of 2015 Bahubali: The Beginning (-56%)
  • of 2017 Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (-67%)

However, it is lighter than March RRR (-83%).

in India itself, Shiv dropped -66% in its sophomore frame, a slight drop compared to other post-pandemic blockbuster titles in that country Thor: Love and Thunder, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of MadnessAnd Eternal,

Shiv It has now earned $31.6M overseas and $6.8M domestically, for a total of $38.4M globally.

elsewhere at the box office

  • Lionsgate comedy sequel Clerk III Released from mid-week last Tuesday, released as a special title in conjunction with Thatham Events. It earned $576K in 1,006 theaters this weekend, bringing its total to $2.1M domestically so far. of 2006 Clerk II Earned an opening of $10.0M.
  • Final frame, fathom events’ belief based lifemark Started in seventh place with $2.1M. This weekend, it fell -68% to $680K. Compared to some other pandemic-era faith-based films, this fall is much faster than 2021 american underdog (-33%), May family camp (-37%), of April Father Stu (-38%), or January cash in on love (-50%)
  • Universal romantic comedy, ahead of October 21 domestic release ticket to heaven Expanded to 39 additional markets for a total of 46 markets in its second overseas weekend. It made $12.0M in this frame, so far totaling $14.7M overseas.

Interview

box office pro Interviewed several directors behind current films:

  • Reading box office prointerview with lady king Director Gina Prince-Bythewood Here,
  • Reading box office prointerview with bullet train director David Leach Here,
  • Reading box office prointerview with beast Director Baltasar Kormakur Here,
  • Reading box office prointerview with invitation Director Jessica M. Thompson Here,
  • Reading box office prointerview with where the crowdads sing director Olivia Newman Here,

weekend comparison

This weekend’s total box office came in around $48.2M, which is:

  • +14% over last weekend’s total ($42.2M), when Wild Led with $10.5M.
  • -21% less than the same weekend ($61.3M) in 2021, when Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Leading the second consecutive frame with $34.7M.
  • -56% less than the equivalent weekend in the previous pre-pandemic year 2019 ($110.7M), when This: Chapter Two Led for the second consecutive frame with $39.6M.

YTD Comparison

The year-over-year box office is about $5.46B. he is:

  • 2.35 times in the pandemic recovery year of 2021 ($2.31 billion), down from 2.40x since last weekend.
  • -32.9%, down from the same point in 2019 last pre-pandemic year ($8.14B), down from -32.4% last weekend. The peak in mid-July was around -29.5%.

top distributor

  1. Universal ($1.26B)
  2. Paramount ($1.17B)
  3. Disney ($880.6M)
  4. Sony Pictures ($722.8M)
  5. Warner Bros. ($714.6M)

title Estimated Weekend % Change places relocation average gross Weekend distributor
lady king $19,000,000 3,765 $5,046 $19,000,000 1 sony pictures
Wild $6,300,000 -40% 2,340 $2,692 $20,915,433 2 20th century studio
Pearl $3,124,600 2,935 $1,065 $3,124,600 1 A24
see how they run $3,100,000 2,404 $1,290 $3,100,000 1 searchlight picture
bullet train $2,500,000 -24% 2,602 -454 $961 $96,381,145 7 sony pictures
Top Gun: Maverick $2,180,477 -31% 2,604 -401 $837 $709,055,000 17 of great quality
DC League of Super Pets $2,175,000 -18% 2,756 -287 $789 $87,860,007 8 Warner Bros.
invitation $1,700,000 -36% 2,425 -692 $701 $21,468,901 4 sony pictures
Minions: The Rise of Gru $1,320,000 -24% 1,970 -304 $670 $364,099,540 12 universal
moonlit daydream $1,225,000 170 $7,206 $1,225,000 1 neon
Brahmastra Part 1: Shiva $1,100,000 -76% 810 $1,358 $6,769,739 2 Fox Star India
beast $820,000 -54% 1,664 -1,129 $493 $30,766,160 5 universal
where the crowdads sing $700,000 -44% 1,521 -469 $460 $88,875,124 10 sony pictures
base running $545,500 1,080 $505 $545,500 1 UP2U Films
No $410,000 -51% 671 -471 $611 $122,746,455 9 universal
Thor: Love and Thunder $373,000 -63% 820 -1,030 $455 $342,944,605 1 1 Walt Disney
God’s Country $300,000 785 $382 $300,000 1 IFC Films
Confess, Fletch $260,000 516 $504 $260,000 1 of great quality
Spider-Man: No Way Home – The More Fun Stuff Version $220,000 -84% 860 -2,355 $256 $813,977,753 40 sony pictures
jaw $210,000 -68% 702 -544 $299 $272,159,580 universal
Orphan: First Kill $135,464 -56% 224 -204 $605 $5,350,000 5 of great quality
Fall $125,000 -20% 213 -54 $587 $6,893,115 6 lionsgate
silent twins $102,000 279 $366 $102,000 1 Focus Features
bodies bodies bodies $78,385 -61% 361 -290 $217 $11,354,812 7 A24
black phone $67,000 -38% 125 -60 $536 $89,857,800 13 universal
Jurassic World: Dominion $64,000 -61% 205 -243 $312 $375,977,460 15 universal
Mrs. Harris goes to Paris $56,000 -56% 226 -115 $248 $10,318,385 10 Focus Features
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On $33,321 -66% 116 -45 $287 $6,277,343 13 A24
Easter Sunday $16,000 -69% 82 -53 $195 $13,005,330 7 universal
everywhere together $15,100 -44% 43 -3 $351 $69,975,475 26 A24
African desperate $12,126 2 $6,063 $12,126 1 Bad

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