We all officially have 19 million reasons to love “The Woman King.” This weekend, the movie surpassed sales expectations, and Black excellence is in full swing.

The long awaited war drama “The Woman King,” is here, and it is already making impressive moves. Over the weekend, the riveting movie which stars Hollywood icon an Viola Davis, sold $19 million in ticket sales.

 

The movie underscores the true story of the Agojie, who were a female warrior troop in Africa in the 1800. According to reports, viewers who saw the movie gave it an A-plus grade in CinemaScore exit polls, and an impressive 95% positive on Comscore and Screen Engine’s PostTrak. According to Deadline, it is rare for movies to get an A-plus rating, so the movie’s roll out has been impressive.

 

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According to CNBC, EntTelligence data revealed that over 1.4 million people saw the movie within the first three days of its release in theaters. A majority of the ticket sales were from older female viewers, which CNBC states is a demographic that has been slower to return to cinemas following the break of the pandemic. Following the pandemic, and the economic downturn that has followed it, “The Woman King,” has been a breath of fresh of fresh air.

 

The film proves that Black stories are rich and powerful. According to Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst at Comscore, stories like ‘The Woman King’ and the ‘Black Panther’ resonate with large audiences.

“Much like ‘Black Panther,’ ‘The Woman King’ demonstrates that positive, culturally based stories can resonate strongly among all audiences,” said  Dergarabedian. “And with great reviews and awards buzz also in the mix, this ‘King’ could have a nice long reign in theaters.”

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