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Celebrities are buying out entire theaters to support Viola Davis' film "The Woman King" as ticket sales slow.

The film earned $40,311,411 worldwide. The movie's budget was $50 million — not including marketing.

But ticket sales have slowed considerably after word got out about the Dahomey tribe treachery.

Critics called for a boycott after they discovered the all-female Agojie warriors depicted in the movie may have helped their men raid villages and sell Africans into slavery.

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Actress Taraji P. Henson bought out a theater in Washington D.C to show the movie for free.

Henson took to her Instagram page and announced she'd bought out a theater in Northwest Washington D.C.

Theaters were also bought out in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and New Jersey.

R&B singer SZA also bought out a theater in New Jersey to show her support and to artificially boost ticket sales.

"JERSEY I BOUGHT OUT THE THEATER TO SEE THE WOMAN KING TODAY FOR FREE AT 5:30 PM!! PLEASE GO SEEE ITTTT!" she tweeted on Sept. 24.

Julius Tennon, who co-produced The Woman King with his wife, Viola, admitted they twisted historical facts for entertainment value and to sell movie tickets.

"We are now what we call 'edu-tainment.' It's history but we have to take license. We have to entertain people," Julius said.

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CNN had a hard time explaining why Disney Pixar's Buzz Lightyear film flopped at the box office over the weekend.

'Lightyear' opened to an estimated $51 million in theaters - about $20 million less than box office predictions.

CNN explained, "That number came in way under industry expectations, which projected the film to make around $70 million."

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Much of the movie's buzz centered around the lesbian kiss between a female character voiced by "Orange Is the New Black" actress Uzo Aduba (pictured) and her white, female partner in a scene in the movie.

The other part of it was Disney's refusal to cut the lesbian kiss scene which led to the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia banning the movie from their markets.

CNN asked: "So why wasn't 'Lightyear' a bigger hit?"

Their list of possible reasons included "confusion" about the movie's plot, and Disney's decision to stream the movie on Disney+, which caused moviegoers to stay home.

CNN didn't mention the words "lesbian" or "kiss" in its article.

Probably because reporting that moviegoers are turned off by Hollywood's wokeness is forbidden.

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Will Smith's new action thriller Gemini Man is a box office flop. The movie is about a retiring assassin, Henry Brogan (Smith), who finds himself battling a mysterious killer that turns out to be a younger clone of himself. Henry needs to find out why he's being targeted and who created his clone to kill him.

Directed by Ang Lee (Life of Pi, Brokeback Mountain), the action thriller opened with just $20 million in domestic ticket sales over the Oct. 11-13 weekend. Then the terrible reviews began rolling in.

Critics trashed the "groundbreaking" de-aging technology and the movie's high frame-rate that looked like the film was sped up in some places. The terrible reviews resulted in a career-worst Rotten Tomatoes score of 25 percent for Lee.

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Paramount Pictures had hoped Gemini Man would pick up the slack in China, but it was upset by Angelina Jolie's fantasy flick Maleficent: Mistress of Evil ($22.4 million).

Gemini Man finished Sunday with an underwhelming $82.2 million in foreign box office receipts.

Gemini Man faces a $75 million loss, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The production cost for Gemini Man is a staggering $240 million - including $100 million in marketing costs alone. The film was heavily marketed in television commercials, print ads and online.

Gemini Man sparked free press around the world, thanks to the de-aging technology that rendered a barely recognizable younger version of Will Smith. Did they think we forgot what he looked like in Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?

The staggering marketing cost aside, Paramount and Skydance each ponied up 35 percent of the budget. The rest of the cost was split by 2 China-based companies, Alibaba and Fosun. All four companies will absorb the $75 million loss.

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STXfilms' Hustlers is tracking for a big box office opening this weekend, after getting off to a great start with $2.5 million in ticket sales on Thursday.

According to Deadline.com, Hustlers is expected to rake in at least $20 million this weekend, with tracking indicating the film may debut with a $25 million-$30 million opening.

The stripper flick stars Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer and former stripper Cardi B as a group of criminal minded former strip club employees who rob their wealthy Wall Street clients.

Hustlers is inspired by a viral New York Magazine article about a crew of former strippers who were arrested for credit card theft fraud.

Anything over $23.1 million is a win for Lopez, 50, besting her 2005 high Monster in Law, and anything over $23.8 million is a record opening for STXFilms, according to Deadline.

Hustlers is the first major motion picture for rapper Cardi B, 26, and singer Lizzo, 31.
 

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