Weekend box office information is provided by Daniel Garris, courtesy of BoxOfficeReport.com.
Sony’s The Woman King was off to a healthy start this weekend with an estimated first place take of $19.00 million. The historical action epic outpaced consensus expectations, which had tended to range from $12 million to $18 million heading into the weekend. The Woman King also performed fairly well with the film’s reported $50 million production budget in mind (which was co-financed by Entertainment One). The Woman King has received exceptional critical reviews, which have no doubt already given the film a box office boost this weekend. The Woman King was directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and stars Viola Davis, Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, Sheila Atim, and John Boyega.
The Woman King is already showing signs of strong early holding power, as after taking in an estimated $1.70 million from Thursday previews that began early at 3PM, the film went on to register an estimated opening weekend to previews ratio of 11.18 to 1. The Woman King grossed $6.85 million on Friday (including Thursday previews), increased 4.4 percent on Saturday to take in $7.15 million and is estimated to decline 30.1 percent on Sunday to take in $5.00 million. In addition to going over exceptionally well with critics, The Woman King also looks to be going over exceptionally well with audiences after receiving an A+ rating on CinemaScore, a perfect 5 stars on PostTrak and boasting a current 99 percent Verified Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes. All early signs point towards The Woman King holding up well throughout the fall. The Woman King grossed an estimated $0.95 million from IMAX screens this weekend, which represented 5 percent of this weekend’s overall domestic gross (IMAX screens were split between The Woman King and Moonage Daydream this weekend).
On the heels of last weekend’s stronger than expected start, Disney and 20th Century’s Barbarian held up well this weekend with an estimated second place haul of $6.30 million. That was a 40.3 percent decline from last weekend, which represented a very nice second weekend hold, especially for a horror film. Barbarian was also able to achieve this weekend’s hold without expanding to any additional locations. The ten-day start for Barbarian stands at a stronger than expected $20.92 million, which already gives the film a current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 1.98 to 1. Internationally, Barbarian grossed an estimated $0.5 million this weekend from 12 select international territories. That brings the film’s international total to $1.0 million and current global take to $21.9 million.
Meanwhile, two new releases, A24’s Pearl and Disney and Searchlight’s See How They Run are in a very close race for third place. Pearl is currently estimated at $3.12 million for the weekend, while See How They Run is estimated at $3.10 million. Obviously, with this weekend’s estimates for the two films being that close to one another, the race for third place won’t be determined until Monday when actuals are released.
Pearl was directed by Ti West and stars Mia Goth. The R-rated horror film is a prequel to this year’s X, which was also released by A24 and opened with a slightly stronger $4.28 million back in March. On the average, critical reviews for X have been very good. The film doesn’t look to be going over quite as well with audiences after receiving a modest B- rating on CinemaScore. A24 has already announced that the upcoming MaXXXine will serve as a sequel to Pearl and X.
See How They Run is a mystery comedy directed by Tom George that features an ensemble cast which includes Sam Rockwell, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Ruth Wilson and David Oyelowo. See How They Run opened on the high end of its modest expectations, which were further limited by the low awareness of the film. On the average, critical reviews for See How They Run have been fairly average, though more so positive than negative. As with Pearl, See How They Run also received a modest B- rating on CinemaScore. See How They Run grossed an estimated $1.9 million internationally this weekend from 9 select international markets. The film has grossed $4.5 million to date internationally (with $3.2 million of that total coming from the United Kingdom), for a current global haul of $7.6 million.
Weekend estimates for additional holdovers in the marketplace include $2.50 million for Sony’s Bullet Train (down 24.5 percent), $2.180 million for Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick (down 30.9 percent) and a similar $2.175 million for Warner’s DC League of Super-Pets (down a slim 18.1 percent). Respective total domestic grosses stand at a massive $709.06 million for Top Gun: Maverick through 115 days, at $96.38 million for Bullet Train through 45 days and at $87.86 million for DC League of Super-Pets through 52 days.
In limited release, NEON’s Moonage Daydream was off to a very solid start this weekend with an estimated $1.23 million from 170 IMAX exclusive locations. That was good enough for tenth place among all films this weekend and gave Moonage Daydream a healthy per-location average of $7,206 for the frame. The Brett Morgen directed David Bowie documentary has gone over very well with critics. Next weekend Moonage Daydream will be playing in an estimated 600 locations. Moonage Daydream grossed an estimated $0.35 million from international IMAX screens this weekend, for a global IMAX take of $1.58 million.