The Woman King
Sony Pictures’ historical action drama The Woman King, starring Viola Davis, debuted with $19.0M in first place.
That’s on the higher end of pre-release projections, which forecast it around $16M-$18M. It also snaps an ignominious three-weekend streak in which the top film earned around $10M or less.
[Read Boxoffice PRO’s interview with The Woman King director Gina Prince-Bythewood here.]
Compared to other comparable female-led action films starring Academy Award winners, that $19M opening was:
- +4% above 2017’s Atomic Blonde with Charlize Theron ($18.2M)
- +12% above 2018’s Red Sparrow with Jennifer Lawrence ($16.8M)
- +71% above 2018’s Annihilation with Natalie Portman ($11.0M)
- +89% above 2017’s Kidnap with Halle Berry ($10.0M)
Compared to some other comparable female-led action or historical drama titles of recent years, it also started:
- +10% above July’s Where the Crawdads Sing (17,253,227)
- +41% above 2018’s Peppermint (13,423,255)
- +53% above 2018’s Widows (12,361,307)
- +62% above 2019’s Harriet (11,676,720)
Earning an A+ CinemaScore bodes well for King’s likely box office hold in the coming weeks. Its overseas rollout begins in October.
Last weekend’s leader, 20th Century Studios and New Regency horror-thriller Barbarian, debuted in first place with $10.5M, slightly above pre-release projections which had it closer to $8M.
In its sophomore frame, it fell -40% to $6.3M and second place.
Compared to the other biggest horror titles of 2022, Barbarian’s sophomore drop was steeper than:
- August’s Bodies Bodies Bodies (-24%)
- August’s The Invitation (-28%)
However, it was milder than:
- June’s The Black Phone (-48%)
- May’s Firestarter (-48%, after being released day-and-date simultaneously in cinemas and on Peacock)
- March’s X (-49%)
- January’s Scream (-59%)
- May’s Men (-64%)
Overseas, Barbarian has opened in very few markets so far, only earning $1.0M total overseas. Its global total stands at $21.9M.
A24’s horror Pearl started in third place with $3.1M, about in line with pre-release projections, if perhaps on the slightly lower side.
Compared to distributor A24’s three other main horror releases from 2022, that’s:
- -27% below March’s X ($4.2M)
- -5% below May’s Men ($3.2M)
- Less than -1% below August’s Bodies Bodies Bodies ($3.12M)
See How They Run
Searchlight Pictures’ historical comedy-mystery See How They Run was off to a running start, starting in fourth place with $3.1M. That’s slightly higher than most pre-release projections, which had it closer to $2M.
Versus the peak weekends for other comparable comedy releases over the past few years from Searchlight Pictures and its predecessor Fox Searchlight, that $3.1M opening was:
- +19% above 2021’s The French Dispatch ($2.6M wide debut in 788 theaters)
- +19% above 2018’s The Favourite ($2.6M)
- -21% below 2019’s Jojo Rabbit ($3.9M)
- -33% below February 2020’s Downhill ($4.6M)
The estimated opening weekend audience for See was 54% female and 81% ages 25+.
The film began rolling out overseas last weekend and has now earned $4.5M overseas, most of it in the U.K. ($3.2M). Its global total stands at $7.6M.
Top Gun: Maverick
Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick declined only -27% to $2.3M and sixth place in its 17th weekend. That’s the #39-biggest seventeenth weekend of all time.
After earning “only” the #41 opening weekend of all time ($126.7M), it has remained near the top of all time for every frame since, and usually top-10. The past two frames in particular, at #29 and now #39, it’s started to fall a little back back to earth:
#8 second weekend of all time ($90.0M)
#10 third weekend ($51.8M)
#3 fourth weekend ($44.6M)
#4 fifth weekend ($29.6M)
#4 sixth weekend ($25.5M)
#7 seventh weekend ($15.5M)
#8 eighth weekend ($12.3M)
#6 ninth weekend ($10.2M)
#10 tenth weekend ($8.4M)
#17 eleventh weekend ($7.0M)
#9 twelfth weekend ($7.0M again)
#13 thirteenth weekend ($5.8M)
#13 fourteenth weekend ($4.7M)
#7 fifteenth weekend ($6.0M)
#29 sixteenth weekend ($3.1M)
#39 seventeenth weekend ($2.3M)
One of the few films to ever record a higher seventeenth weekend? 1986’s original Top Gun, which ranks #20 all time on that measure with $3.2M.
Overseas, Maverick stands at $754.2M, for $1.46B globally – the top film of 2022 both globally and domestically. The top five overseas market totals to date include:
South Korea ($67.2M)
Neon’s IMAX documentary Moonage Daydream about David Bowie opened in tenth place with $1.2M in only 170 theaters, less than 10% the count of this weekend’s other widest films.
That gross is about equal to the opening of 2018’s documentary Whitney about Whitney Houston (also $1.2M). It’s also the second-best opening of the past year for a film playing in <200 theaters, behind only The French Dispatch ($1.3M in 52 theaters).
Daydream’s $7,206 per-screen average was also the highest of any film in release this weekend. It will expand to 600+ theaters domestically next weekend.
Overseas, the film debuted in 28 markets with $1.4M, for a $2.6M global opening.
Brahmāstra: Part One – Shiva
Last frame, Hindi-language action-adventure Brahmāstra: Part One – Shiva started in second place with $4.5M, on the slightly higher end of pre-release projections which were around $3.5M.
This weekend, it falls -76% to $1.1M and eleventh place.
Compared to the other highest-grossing Indian films of recent years, that sophomore drop is steeper than:
- 2016’s Dangal (-35%)
- 2014’s P.K. (-52%)
- 2015’s Baahubali: The Beginning (-56%)
- 2017’s Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (-67%)
However, it’s milder than for March’s RRR (-83%).
In India itself, Shiva dropped -66% in its sophomore frame, a milder decline in that country than for other post-pandemic blockbuster titles including Thor: Love and Thunder, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and Eternals.
Shiva has now earned $31.6M overseas and $6.8M domestically, for a $38.4M global total.
Elsewhere at the box office
- Lionsgate’s comedy sequel Clerks III released starting midweek this past Tuesday, as a specialty title in conjunction with Fathom Events. This weekend it earned $576K in 1,006 theaters, for a $2.1M domestic total so far. 2006’s Clerks II earned a $10.0M opening.
- Last frame, Fathom Events’ faith-based Lifemark debuted in seventh place with $2.1M. This weekend, it falls -68% to $680K. Compared to some other pandemic-era faith-based films, that fall is substantially steeper than: 2021’s American Underdog (-33%), May’s Family Camp (-37%), April’s Father Stu (-38%), or January’s Redeeming Love (-50%)
- .Ahead of its October 21 domestic release, Universal’s romantic comedy Ticket to Paradise expanded in 39 additional markets on its second overseas weekend, for 46 total markets. It earned $12.0M this frame, for a $14.7M overseas total to date.
Boxoffice PRO has interviewed several directors behind current films:
- Read Boxoffice PRO’s interview with The Woman King director Gina Prince-Bythewood here.
- Read Boxoffice PRO’s interview with Bullet Train director David Leitch here.
- Read Boxoffice PRO’s interview with Beast director Baltasar Kormákur here.
- Read Boxoffice PRO’s interview with The Invitation director Jessica M. Thompson here.
- Read Boxoffice PRO’s interview with Where the Crawdads Sing director Olivia Newman here.
Total box office this weekend came in around $48.2M, which is:
- +14% above last weekend’s total ($42.2M), when Barbarian led with $10.5M.
- -21% below the equivalent weekend in 2021 ($61.3M), when Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings led for a second consecutive frame with $34.7M.
- -56% below the equivalent weekend in the last pre-pandemic year 2019 ($110.7M), when It: Chapter Two led for a second consecutive frame with $39.6M.
Year-to-date box office stands around $5.46B. That’s:
- 2.35x this same point in the pandemic recovery year of 2021 ($2.31B), down from 2.40x after last weekend.
- -32.9% behind this same point in 2019, the last pre-pandemic year ($8.14B), down from -32.4% last weekend. The peak was around -29.5%, set in mid-July.
- Universal ($1.26B)
- Paramount ($1.17B)
- Disney ($880.6M)
- Sony Pictures ($722.8M)
- Warner Bros. ($714.6M)
|Title||Estimated weekend||% change||Locations||Location change||Average||Total||Weekend||Distributor|
|The Woman King||$19,000,000||3,765||$5,046||$19,000,000||1||Sony Pictures|
|Barbarian||$6,300,000||-40%||2,340||$2,692||$20,915,433||2||20th Century Studios|
|See How They Run||$3,100,000||2,404||$1,290||$3,100,000||1||Searchlight Pictures|
|Bullet Train||$2,500,000||-24%||2,602||-454||$961||$96,381,145||7||Sony Pictures|
|Top Gun: Maverick||$2,180,477||-31%||2,604||-401||$837||$709,055,000||17||Paramount|
|DC League of Super Pets||$2,175,000||-18%||2,756||-287||$789||$87,860,007||8||Warner Bros.|
|The Invitation||$1,700,000||-36%||2,425||-692||$701||$21,468,901||4||Sony Pictures|
|Minions: The Rise of Gru||$1,320,000||-24%||1,970||-304||$670||$364,099,540||12||Universal|
|Brahmastra Part 1: Shiva||$1,100,000||-76%||810||$1,358||$6,769,739||2||Fox Star India|
|Where the Crawdads Sing||$700,000||-44%||1,521||-469||$460||$88,875,124||10||Sony Pictures|
|Running The Bases||$545,500||1,080||$505||$545,500||1||UP2U Films|
|Thor: Love and Thunder||$373,000||-63%||820||-1,030||$455||$342,944,605||11||Walt Disney|
|God’s Country||$300,000||785||$382||$300,000||1||IFC Films|
|Spider-Man: No Way Home — The More Fun Stuff Version||$220,000||-84%||860||-2,355||$256||$813,977,753||40||Sony Pictures|
|Orphan: First Kill||$135,464||-56%||224||-204||$605||$5,350,000||5||Paramount|
|The Silent Twins||$102,000||279||$366||$102,000||1||Focus Features|
|Bodies Bodies Bodies||$78,385||-61%||361||-290||$217||$11,354,812||7||A24|
|The Black Phone||$67,000||-38%||125||-60||$536||$89,857,800||13||Universal|
|Jurassic World: Dominion||$64,000||-61%||205||-243||$312||$375,977,460||15||Universal|
|Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris||$56,000||-56%||226||-115||$248||$10,318,385||10||Focus Features|
|Marcel the Shell with Shoes On||$33,321||-66%||116||-45||$287||$6,277,343||13||A24|
|Everything Everywhere All At Once||$15,100||-44%||43||-3||$351||$69,975,475||26||A24|
|The African Desperate||$12,126||2||$6,063||$12,126||1||MUBI|