the king womanstarring Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis, has kicked off its North American theatrical run with a promising $17 million in Thursday previews on its way to easily winning this weekend’s box office hunt.
From Sony’s Tri-Star division, the historical epic is directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood from a screenplay by Dana Stevens and based on a story by Maria Bello and Stevens about Agojie, an all-women army in the Kingdom of Dahomey in West Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The film received rave reviews since its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on September 9. It currently boasts a 94 percent freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Sony is being cautious in projecting a $12 million opening weekend. However, pre-launch monitoring suggests woman king could debut with $15 million-$18 million. The film cost an estimated $50 million to produce, not including marketing and distribution expenses.
the woman king It also stars Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, Sheila Atim, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, and John Boyega.
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