In the end, you didn’t have to worry, sweetheart. Olivia Wilde’s “Don’t Worry Darling,” a psychological thriller whose off-screen drama rivals any antics in the actual film, scored its opening weekend at the box office and collected a leading $19.2 million from 4,113 North American theaters. .
At the international box office, the film added another $10.8 million for a worldwide total of $30 million.
Those ticket sales indicate that behind-the-scenes scandals have sparked no interest in the film, which stars Florence Pugh and Harry Styles together. All the talk about Spitgate, awkward press conferences and a seemingly endless stream of gossip may have even raised awareness. (Well, that, and the overwhelming desire to see the world-famous pop star in his first major movie role.) Whatever the reason audiences flocked to the theaters, it’s an impressive debut for the $35 million budgeted “Don’t Worry Darling.”
The film, backed by Warner Bros., received a mediocre “B-” CinemaScore from moviegoers, suggesting word of mouth could be an issue after its opening weekend. Reviews for “Don’t Worry Darling” weren’t too enthusiastic either (it has a 38% on Rotten Tomatoes), but that didn’t matter to fans of Styles, which were in effect this weekend. Unsurprisingly, 66% of ticket buyers were women, while almost 70% were between the ages of 18 and 34. Audiences under the age of 18, which accounted for 16% of the audience, were particularly positive, giving the film an “A-” CinemaScore.
The box office results for “Don’t Worry Darling” appear to be already preloaded. Friday’s grossing (including previews on Thursday and a special Imax showing on Monday) was $9.5 million, a large share of the first weekend sales. Based on opening day, box office pundits believed “Don’t Worry Darling” would earn $21 million or $22 million by Sunday. But the film endured a bigger-than-expected drop on Saturday ($5.8 million) and Sunday ($3.8 million), leaving Warner Bros. revised forecasts to $19 million.
“We are extremely proud of this film and are pleased with these results given our modest production budget,” said Warner Bros. in a press release on Sunday.
Another bright spot on the domestic box office charts: Disney’s reissue of “Avatar” brought in $10 million from just 1,860 mostly Imax locations, a significant result for a movie that opened 13 years ago, even if that movie happens to be the highest. grossed worldwide release in history. As the remastered version of “Avatar” returned to theaters on a random weekend in September without much promotion, box office viewers are encouraged to watch “Avatar: The Way of Water,” the decade-in-the-making mega-movie. from director James Cameron. budgeted sequel to hit theaters in December.
“Avatar” took third on the box office charts behind Sony’s “The Woman King,” a landmark action epic starring Viola Davis. It generated a mighty $11.14 million from 3,765 theaters in its second outing, down just 40% from its opening weekend. To date, “The Woman King” has grossed $36.2 million in North America.
More to come…