Gina Prince-Bythewood's new historical epic, The Woman King, opened today in cinemas following its well-received world premiere at TIFF. The film also made $1.7 million at the box office during Thursday night's preview screenings.
The Sony Woman King film started playing at 3 p.m. on Thursday night and is expected to go internationally throughout the weekend in 3,765 theaters across the United States. The film is anticipated to have a domestic premiere of $12 million, versus its $50 million budget.
The Woman King's bonus is that there is little competition for broad releases this weekend. A24s Pearl, a prequel to Ti Wests X, is the other major player to have a broad release this weekend. While Focus features The Silent Twins, Kevin Smiths Clerks III and Confess, Fletch, which will premiere on Showtime late next month, will all be receiving limited releases this weekend.
The Woman King has been a critical smash hit. According to 99 reviews, the film has a 94% approval rating from critics, and a 99% approval rating from audiences as of the time of this writing onRotten Tomatoes. Colliders' Chase Hutchinson gave the film an A- rating, praised the humor, Prince-Bythewoods' direction, and the battle sequences.
The Woman King follows Agojie, an all-female warrior unit that protected Dahomey in the 17th to 19th centuries. It is adapted from a screenplay written by Dana Stevens (City of Angels) and stars an all-star cast including Viola Davis, Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, John Boyega, and Hero Fiennes Tiffin.
The Woman King is now available in theaters. Check out our interview with actors Davis and Mbedu below: