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The film, starring Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman, is among the top-grossing biographical dramas of all time for specialty label Focus Features.
Filmmaker Kasi Lemmons' Harriet crossed $40 million in ticket sales at the domestic box office on Friday, a major feat for a specialty biographical drama.
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Opening in theaters on Nov. 1, the period pic stars Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman, the famed abolitionist and former slave who led hundreds of other slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad.
Harriet has become one of the most successful biographical dramas in the history of Focus Features at the domestic box office behind Joe Wright's 2017 Winston Churchill pic The Darkest Hour ($56.4 million) and last year's Spike Lee-directed BlacKkKlansman ($48.7 million), not adjusted for inflation. Focus is also home of The Theory of Everything ($35.7 million) and Milk ($31.8 million).
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"There’s never been a movie about Harriet Tubman before. People were longing to see her story and feel inspired," says Lisa Bunnell, distribution chief of Focus.
Erivo — who Focus is pushing for best actress in the Oscar race — also...
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