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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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