MovieChat Forums > Don't Worry Darling (2022) Discussion > Wide release this weekend; $20M

Wide release this weekend; $20M


$20M OW, really? https://www.boxofficemojo.com/article/ed1769014276/?ref_=bo_hm_hp

Warner Bros.’ Don’t Worry Darling, which is getting a 4,000+ theater release including IMAX and other premium large formats, has been making headlines for some behind the scenes drama, and it’s been especially building hype amongst fans of music star Harry Styles as his first major film role (he was earlier seen as part of the ensemble in Dunkirk). Behind all of that, though, is what has increasingly become a rare beast, a mid-budget ($35 million), star-driven, R-rated, original high concept psychological thriller. The 1950s set story is about a housewife in a company town who grows suspicious about the mysterious company her husband works for. Florence Pugh Styles, Olivia Wilde, Gemma Chan, KiKi Layne, Nick Kroll, and Chris Pine lead the cast, and it is Wilde’s sophomore effort as a director, following up her acclaimed 2019 debut Booksmart (which grossed $22.7 million domestically and another $2.28 million internationally off a $6 million budget).

The fundamentals here all look good, but if there’s a catch, it’s the poor critical reception. The 32% rating on Rotten Tomatoes may not make a dent in the box office if audiences like the film, as can often be the case for poorly reviewed franchise and genre films that end up playing well, but that’s less common for films in the same territory as Don’t Worry Darling. Still, the buzz and the large fanbase of Styles should get this at least a high teens/low 20s opening. We already saw numerous sellout shows from the special IMAX screenings on Monday with the live-streamed Q&A from the premiere, which IMAX says was their fastest selling live event ever. If the film can score some positive word of mouth and decent legs, then this and The Woman King will make a great one-two punch of successes with the kinds of films that Hollywood seldom makes anymore.

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Looks like $20M then! Lots of info on audience demographics.

https://deadline.com/2022/09/box-office-dont-worry-darling-harry-styles-1235125578/

Saturday AM Update: Don’t Worry Darling at this stage of the weekend looks like it’s going to cross $20M. All of this depends on Saturday business coming in at last $7M or more after a $9.4M Friday.

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Only $19m, but $30m global for a $35m production.

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I will rent it. No chance I would spend $20 on a Styles movie.

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