The Woman King debuts atop the box office

With the blockbuster summer movie season now gone, the box office grosses have taken quite the hit, with this week's winner The Woman King taking the top spot with just $19

million. The Sony Pictures film - based on an alternate history about the female warriors known as Dahomey Amazons - had no trouble topping the box office, as the only movie

to amass an eight-figure debut this weekend, via Box Office Mojo.  The film knocked last weekend's winner Barbarian into second place, while three other newcomers - Pearl,

See How They Run and Moonage Daydream failed to make much of a dent at the box office. The Woman King opened in 3,765 theaters, earning a decent $5,046 per-screen average,

with $1.7 million coming from Thursday preview screenings. The film earned rave reviews from critics with a 94% Fresh rating from 127 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, while also

earning a rare A+ CinemaScore and a 95% score from ComScore/ScreenEngine's PostTrak.  The film cost roughly $50 million to make, with the debut putting it in good shape to

earn a profit, especially if Sony keeps the film running to the end of the year as an awards contender. The audience for The Woman King was primarily women, with females

making up 60% of the market for the movie. 58% of the female market was over 35 and 39% over 45, which could be a good omen since the older demographic was in no rush to go

back to theaters during the COVID-19 pandemic.