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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.

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