After what seems like months of high profile headlines and a towering rumor mill of behind-the-scenes drama, Olivia Wilde’s “Don’t Worry Darling” has hit theaters, earning $3.1 million at the domestic box office from previews. The early pull includes Thursday previews of more than 3,300 locations and a live Imax event on Monday.
The Warner Bros. movie. is estimated to earn between $17 million and $20 million in its opening weekend, with some projections as high as $25 million. With a price tag of $35 million to produce, a result somewhere in that range would be a solid start for the film.
“Don’t Worry Darling” is Wilde’s second directorial effort, following her 2019 debut “Booksmart”, which was critically adored but underperformed at the box office. The R-rated comedy had a soft opening of just $8.7 million over its four-day Memorial Day weekend. “Don’t Worry Darling,” a twisting psychological thriller with an all-star cast including Harry Styles, Florence Pugh and Chris Pine, is sure to top that box office.
Only super fans of Styles’ singing should be hitting the box office as they rush to the theaters to watch his first major movie role. After appearing in Christopher Nolan’s 2017 war film “Dunkirk” and having a brief cameo in Marvel’s “Eternals” last year, this year’s Styles acting will be spotlighted with “Don’t Worry Darling” and the gay romance from Amazon Prime Video “My Policeman.”
The film may have a vibrant cast and be Wilde’s sophomore film, but many people have followed “Don’t Worry Darling” because of the off-screen controversies. First, there was Wilde getting custody papers in the middle of her CinemaCon presentation, back and forth accusations about whether Wilde fired former leader Shia LaBeouf or whether he quit, and who can forget Spit-Gate, when it turned out that Styles spat. on Pine during the screening of the Venice Film Festival. There has also been intense public scrutiny over Wilde and Styles’ romantic relationship, and rumors of tension between Wilde and Pugh, which hit the press in Venice. If the off-screen storylines surrounding “Don’t Worry Darling” draw people to the cinema, then the movie needn’t worry at the box office.