Warner’s ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Tops Weekend Box Office with $19.2 Million Debut

Warner Bros. Pictures/New Line’s thriller Don’t Worry Darling met expectations, generating more than a projected $19 million in ticket sales across more than 4,100 North American screens through Sept. 25. The Olivia Wilde directed movie saw pre-debut noise ratchet up following allegations — all denied — of on-set issues between the director and lead actress Florence Pugh, and a romantic fling with lead actor Harry Styles.

The movie, which received mediocre reviews, should end the weekend with more than $30 million in revenue when including overseas markets such as Styles’ U.K. homeland, which added more than $3.1 million in revenue.

In the No. 2 spot was the previous weekend’s chart topper, Sony Pictures/eOne period actioner The Woman King, starring Oscar winner Viola Davis, which saw an estimated $11.2 million in ticket sales, bringing the movie’s 10-day total past $36 million.

Rounding out the podium was the 2009 re-release of 20th Century Studios’ Avatar, which generated an impressive $10 million in domestic revenue, and $30.5 million globally. The tallies added to the film’s all-time record box office of more than $2.8 billion.

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The result bodes well for director Jim Cameron’s long-awaited sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water, which is slated to debut on Dec. 16.

Sony Pictures Entertainment’s re-release of Spider-Man: No Way Home generated another $5.4 million, to finish No. 4 and bringing the 2021 box office champ’s worldwide total near $1.92 billion.

Smaller-budget movie Barbarian (20th Century Studios) realized a projected $4.8 million in ticket sales, bringing the movie’s three-weekend total past $28 million. Disney’s Searchlight studio saw another $1.9 million in ticket sales from See How They Run, followed closely by A24’s Pearl.

Warner’s ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Gets Top Weekend Box Office Billing — and Expectations

The theatrical debut of Warner Bros. Pictures/New Lines’ ‘R’-rated thriller, Don’t Worry Darling, is expected to top the North American box office with $17 million to $21 million in ticket sales across 4,000 screens through Sept. 25.

Starring Florence Pugh, Gemma Chan, Chris Pine, Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde, who also directs, the movie has generated strong social media buzz, notably surrounding allegations of a production set romance between Wilde and Styles, among other gossip.

The movie also has some critical buzz for Pugh’s performance. The film reportedly took in more than $3 million in Thursday sneak screenings.

Meanwhile, Disney is re-releasing the original 2009 Avatar in theaters in 3D (i.e., Imax) ahead of director James Cameron’s the long-awaited sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water, in December. The original Avatar reportedly generated 80% of its box office revenue in 3D.

The re-release could block last week’s chart topper, The Woman King, starring Oscar winner Viola Davis as a tribal warlord, from grabbing at least the No. 2 position. Initial industry chatter had The Woman King generating more than $11 million in revenue in its sophomore weekend of release, ahead of around $8 million for Avatar. The latter holds the global box office record of more than $2.8 billion in revenue.

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