‘The King of Women’ has a surprise at the box office

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Being the “King of the Woman” is good.

The new Sony ( SNE ) Pictures Entertainment movie starring Viola Davis as the leader of a group of female warriors took the top spot at the domestic box office this weekend with an astounding $19 million, according to Sony ( SNE ).

The film’s total is surprising for a few reasons. To begin with, it was projected to be closer to $12 million, so it beat expectations. “King of the Woman” is also original and not based on a previous intellectual property such as a sequel or superhero movie. In today’s Hollywood, taking the box office crown without being previously tied to a major hit or franchise is a rare feat.

The action drama, which cost $50 million to make, is the kind of hit theaters need right now, given the dearth of new movies for audiences to choose from.

Since the beginning of August, the theaters have struggled to get the audience to seats, as there have not been many films. Because studios have supply chain issues caused by the pandemic and more big movies have skipped theaters altogether for streaming.

However, “The Woman King,” directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and starring Lashana Lynch and John Boyega, took advantage of strong reviews and won the weekend for Sony.

Critics and audiences raved about the film, earning a 95% critic score on review site Rotten Tomatoes and a perfect A+ CinemaScore from ticket buyers.

Brian Lowry, CNN’s media critic, called it a “throwback to the old action movies” that featured people who didn’t play important roles back then.

“Although inspired by true events,” Lowry notes, the film “is clearly not connected to them, using the underlying story of 19th-century warrior women in an African kingdom, heightened as the starting point for an invigorating action vehicle.” with lots of melodrama. The combination provides a solid showcase for the stars, with a cast and backdrop that serves to refresh its old-school formula.”

This could be the start of a powerful run for the movie.

With few notable films hitting theaters until early November, “King of the Woman” could continue to find an audience and sell at the box office.