‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Shrugs the Drama, Opens at $19.2 Million

Jake Coyle Associated Press

After an offscreen drama threatened to consume Olivia Wilde’s “Don’t Worry Darling,” the Warner Bros. release topped the box office and debuted with $19.2 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates. Did.

“Don’t Worry Darling,” starring Florence Pugh and Harry Styles, explores everything from Pugh and Wilde’s strained relationship to whether or not Styles spat on co-star Chris Pine in the film’s Venice movie. , was embroiled in a storm of controversy over everything. festival premiere. (Styles denied it.) The film was also set on fire by critics (38% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) and arrived in theaters with more baggage than any recent release.

For an original movie with a production budget of $35 million, the $19.2 million launch was a solid one, slightly exceeding the studio’s expectations. Many moviegoers, including many Style fans, came to see what the fuss was about.

But the release of “Don’t Worry Darling,” which played in 4,113 theaters, wasn’t a home run either. Audiences gave it a B-CinemaScore, and after more promising results on Thursday and Friday, Saturday’s ticket buyers declined. Warner Bros. said her 66% of the audience was female. The film added $10.8 million internationally.

Warner Bros. director of distribution Jeff Goldstein estimates that “the effect of background noise was neutral.” The studio is “satisfied with these results given our modest production budget,” he said.

Declining audience numbers and ticket sales suggest that ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ may struggle to keep up well in the coming weeks. did not become a total fiasco.

After Wilde’s directorial debut in the 2019 teen comedy ‘Booksmart,’ bad publicity ended up being good, says Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at data firm Comscore. .

“Olivia Wilde’s latest film has made ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ a virtual water-cooled movie, further boosting its FOMO factor and benefiting from increased awareness and mainstream media coverage that has yielded significant returns to the box office. ’ said Dargarabedian.

Last week’s top film, Gina Prince-Bythewood’s African epic The Woman King, starring Viola Davis, slipped to number two with $11.1 million in the second weekend of its release. That’s a meager 42% drop for Sony Pictures’ releases, demonstrating the resilience of the acclaimed action drama.

Third place went to a familiar box office hit. The Walt Disney Company’s rerelease of James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ grossed him $10 million domestically and $20.5 million internationally, 13 years after his first run in theaters. I was.

Playing in 1,860 theaters, Cameron’s remastered Avatar was again particularly popular in 3-D, accounting for a whopping 93% of domestic sales. A prelude to his December release of the long-awaited sequel, Avatar: Path of Water, this re-release will further boost Avatar’s all-time world box office record, which currently exceeds $2.85 billion.

In fourth place was The Barbarian, an Airbnb thriller from Disney and 20th Century Studios. In his third weekend since its release, the film added 550 theaters, down just 26% from the previous weekend. “The Barbarian” has so far earned him $28.4 million against a $4 million budget.

Estimated ticket sales Friday through Sunday in theaters in the United States and Canada, according to Comscore.

  1. “Don’t Worry Darling,” $19.2 million.
  2. The “Queen” is $11.1 million.
  3. “Avatar” is $10 million.
  4. “Barbarian” $4.8 million.
  5. “Pearl”, $1.9 million.
  6. “See How They Run” is $1.9 million.
  7. “Shinkansen,” $1.8 million.
  8. “DC League of Super Pets,” $1.8 million.
  9. “Top Gun: Maverick” $1.6 million.
  10. “Minions: Rise of Gru,” $1 million.

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