Box Office: Dont Worry Darling Sizzles With $19 Million Debut

In the end, there was no need to worry, darling. Olivia Wilde’s “Don’t Worry Darling,” a psychological thriller whose off-screen drama rivaled any antics in the actual movie, scored at the box office in its opening weekend, collecting a leading $19.2 million from 4,113 North American theaters.

At the international box office, the movie added another $10.8 million for a global tally of $30 million.

Those ticket sales indicate that behind-the-scenes scandals didn’t ding interest in the film, which co-stars Florence Pugh and Harry Styles. All the talk about Spitgate, awkward press conferences and a seemingly endless stream of tabloid fodder may have even boosted awareness. (Well, that, and the overwhelming desire to watch the world-famous pop star in his first major film role.) Whatever the reason that brought audiences to theaters, it’s an impressive debut for the $35 million-budgeted “Don’t Worry Darling.”

The movie, backed by Warner Bros., landed a mediocre “B-” CinemaScore from moviegoers, suggesting that word-of-mouth could be a problem beyond 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, who turned out in force over the weekend. Ticket buyers under the age of 18, which accounted for 16% of crowds, gave the film an “A-” CinemaScore.

Another bright spot on domestic box office charts: Disney’s re-release of “Avatar” racked up $10 million from only 1,860 mostly Imax venues, a sizable result for a movie that opened 13 years ago, even if that movie happens to be the highest-grossing global release in history. Given the remastered version of “Avatar” returned to theaters on a random weekend in September without too much promotion, box office watchers are encouraged for “Avatar: The Way of Water,” director James Cameron’s decade-in-the-making, mega-budgeted sequel that’s due in theaters in December.

“Avatar” placed third on box office charts behind Sony’s “The Woman King,” a historical action epic starring Viola Davis. It generated $11.14 million from 3,765 cinemas in its sophomore outing, declining only 40% from its opening weekend. To date, “The Woman King” has grossed $36.2 million in North America.

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