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The Woman King debuts atop the box office while fellow newcomers Pearl and See How They Run fail


With the blockbuster summer movie season now gone, the box office grosses have taken quite the hit, with this week’s winner The Woman King taking the top spot with just $19 million.

The Sony Pictures film – based on an alternate history about the female warriors known as Dahomey Amazons – had no trouble topping the box office, as the only movie to amass an eight-figure debut this weekend, via Box Office Mojo. 

The film knocked last weekend’s winner Barbarian into second place, while three other newcomers – Pearl, See How They Run and Moonage Daydream failed to make much of a dent at the box office.

Box office: With the blockbuster summer movie season now gone, the box office grosses have taken quite the hit, with this week's winner The Woman King taking the top spot with just $19 million

Box office: With the blockbuster summer movie season now gone, the box office grosses have taken quite the hit, with this week’s winner The Woman King taking the top spot with just $19 million

Fail: The film knocked last weekend's winner Barbarian into second place, while three other newcomers - Pearl, See How They Run and Moonage Daydream failed to make much of a dent at the box office

Fail: The film knocked last weekend’s winner Barbarian into second place, while three other newcomers – Pearl, See How They Run and Moonage Daydream failed to make much of a dent at the box office

The Woman King opened in 3,765 theaters, earning a decent $5,046 per-screen average, with $1.7 million coming from Thursday preview screenings.

The film earned rave reviews from critics with a 94% Fresh rating from 127 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, while also earning a rare A+ CinemaScore and a 95% score from ComScore/ScreenEngine’s PostTrak. 

The film cost roughly $50 million to make, with the debut putting it in good shape to earn a profit, especially if Sony keeps the film running to the end of the year as an awards contender.

Open: The Woman King opened in 3,765 theaters, earning a decent $5,046 per-screen average, with $1.7 million coming from Thursday preview screenings

Open: The Woman King opened in 3,765 theaters, earning a decent $5,046 per-screen average, with $1.7 million coming from Thursday preview screenings

The audience for The Woman King was primarily women, with females making up 60% of the market for the movie.

58% of the female market was over 35 and 39% over 45, which could be a good omen since the older demographic was in no rush to go back to theaters during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Black moviegoers represented 59%, with Caucasians at 19%, Latino and Hispanic at 12%, and Asian/other at 10%.

Women: The audience for The Woman King was primarily women, with females making up 60% of the market for the movie

Women: The audience for The Woman King was primarily women, with females making up 60% of the market for the movie

There were also 235 IMAX screenings over the weekend, which pulled in $950K, with the best markets in NYC, Atlanta, DC, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Philly, Miami, Baltimore, Orlando, Detroit and Tampa.

Last weekend’s winner Barbarian dropped to second place with $6.3 million, a dip of just 40.3% from its $10.5 million debut, with its domestic total now at $20.9 million.

A pair of newcomers – Pearl and See How They Run – debuted in third and fourth place, respectively, though they were so close together they may switch places when the final numbers are posted on Monday.

Newcomer: A pair of newcomers - Pearl and See How They Run - debuted in third and fourth place, respectively, though they were so close together they may switch places when the final numbers are posted on Monday

Newcomer: A pair of newcomers – Pearl and See How They Run – debuted in third and fourth place, respectively, though they were so close together they may switch places when the final numbers are posted on Monday

Pearl took third place with $3.124 million, while See How They Run earned $3.1 million in its first weekend.

Pearl opened in 2,935 theaters, posting a dismal $1,064 per-screen average for the A24 thriller, a prequel to the studio’s film X.

See How They Run opened in 2,404 theaters with an atrocious $1,289 per-screen average for the Disney film, with Sony’s Bullet Train rounding out the top 5 with $2.5 million, bringing its domestic total to $96.3 million.

The top 10 was rounded out by Top Gun: Maverick ($2.18 million, $709 million domestic), DC League of Super-Pets ($2.17 million, $87.8 million domestic), The Invitation ($1.7 million, $21.4 million domestic), Minions: The Rise of Gru ($1.3 million, $364 million domestic) and newcomer Moonage Daydream ($1.2 million).

See: See How They Run opened in 2,404 theaters with an atrocious $1,289 per-screen average for the Disney film, with Sony's Bullet Train rounding out the top 5 with $2.5 million, bringing its domestic total to $96.3 million

See: See How They Run opened in 2,404 theaters with an atrocious $1,289 per-screen average for the Disney film, with Sony’s Bullet Train rounding out the top 5 with $2.5 million, bringing its domestic total to $96.3 million

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