With $6.8 million, The Woman King is the number one at the Friday box office

With $6.8 million, The Woman King is the number one at the Friday box office ...

Gina Prince-Bythewoods The Woman King is expected to raise $18 million in three days after receiving $1.7 million from Thursday previews and $6.8 million on Friday, according to the program. The $50 million historical drama, starring and produced by Viola Davis, had a strong debut at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, which was expected to open between $13 million and $16 million.

On opening day, women and black people accounted for 60% and 59% of total attendance, respectively. Sony is hoping for churchgoers to increase attendance on Sunday, thus increasing the film's lead on the box office this weekend.

Prince-Bythewood is returning from Netflix's well-received action film The Old Guard, and The Woman King, about a tribe of all-female warriors in 19th century Africa, is receiving praise for its choreography and the performances of its cast, particularly newcomer Thuso Mbedu. According to Colliders' own Chase Hutchinson, "The Woman King is a film that has the confidence to be completely genuine in both the sharp moments of humor and the stunning battle sequence

Barbarian, the buzzy horror film from last weeks number one, slipped to the number two spot, but held it exceptionally well. The average horror film will lose just 38 percent in its second weekend, for a sophomore bow of $6.5 million, following a $1.96 million Friday.

Pearl, the director's second film of 2022, a prequel to X, which premiered in March, is expected to take the number three spot with an estimated $3.3 million after a $1.3 million Friday. This is lower than the $4 million that X was expected to raise in its opening weekend earlier this year, but nonetheless, the reviews have been equally positive, as well as a third installment in the MaXXine trilogy.

After a $1.08 million Friday, Searchlights' period comedy caper See How They Run is expected to release a $2.7 million first weekend. It's not an apples-to-apples comparison, but 20th Century Studios will be keeping an eye on the film's performance, considering that it has its own period mystery caper director David O. Russells significantly more prominent Amsterdam scheduled for an awards-friendly release soon.

Bullet Train, a Sony summer film, was rated at the top of the list with an estimated $2.6 million in its seventh weekend, following a $700,000 Friday. With over $96 million domestically, the film seems to have just enough money to sail over the $100 million mark internationally.

Although this weekend is expected to be the fourth-lowest of the year, the box office is finally showing signs of life. Here's how we got to know Davis and Mbedu during our interview. Stay tuned to Collider for more updates.