Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Box Office: “The Woman King” Fights Uphill Battle with $5 Mil Opening Night, Twitter Boycott


It’s a Battle Royale for “The Woman King.”

Sony’s much hyped Gina Prince-Blythewood spectacular debuted with $5 mil Friday night, a total of $6.8 million including Thursday previews. The weekend total will come in less than $20 million, somewhere between $17 million and $18 million.

“The Woman King” is at war on many fronts including a Twitter boycott by people who are misreading its historical intent. On the plus side, the movie has an A+ Cinemascore. People who see it really like it. But that may not matter in the long run.

Thursday and Friday sales were spotty depending on theater location. But things look good for tonight, so the audience may have just been playing wait-and-see about word of mouth and reviews. Also, there’s not a lot to choose from this weekend other than the very good “Confess, Fletch.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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