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'The Woman King' Dominates the Box Office

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Viola Davis at the 89th Annual Academy Awards - Press Room held at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood, USA on February 26, 2017. (Tinseltown / Shutterstock.com)

Sony Pictures Entertainment's new film, which stars Viola Davis as the leader of an all-female group of warriors, took #1 at this weekend's domestic box office with $19 million in sales, according to Sony.

The movie made more money than expected, surprising analysts who predicted it would only make $12 million."The Woman King" is an entirely new story, and not a retelling of another film or franchise. It's an extremely difficult task to take the box office crown without being connected to a prior success or big franchise in today's Hollywood.

This action-packed drama is exactly the type of success that movie theaters need right now. With a lack of new films to choose from, this $50 million budgted film is a welcome addition for viewers.

It's been a slow few months for theaters since audiences just haven't had many films to choose from.This is due to a number of causes, including supply chain problems caused by the pandemic and a growing number of major films choosing not to screen in theaters.

"The Woman King" was directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, co-stars Lashana Lynch and John Boyega, and won the weekend for Sony Pictures. This happened due to the movie receiving strong reviews.

The film received rave reviews from critics and audiences, leading to a 95% critic score on review site Rotten Tomatoes and a perfect A+ CinemaScore from ticket buyers.

This could just be the start of a strong run for the film.

With few notable movies coming to theaters until early November, "The Woman King" could continue to find an audience and rack up sales at the ticket booth.

Viola Davis is an American actress and producer. She is the recipient of several awards, including an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Tony Award. She is one of the highest-paid actresses in the world and has been praised for her versatility in both film and television.

Gina Prince-Bythewood is an American film director and screenwriter. Her credits include the films "The Secret Life of Bees" and " Beyond the Lights." She has also directed episodes of television series such as "Shameless" and " Cloak & Dagger."

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