Harry Styles and Florence Pugh’s film Don’t Worry Darling debuted to $30 million in revenue globally. With an estimated $19.2 million in domestic box office receipts during its opening, the movie went on to gross an additional $10.8 million in foreign markets. Don’t Worry Darling continues to do well at the box office despite all the controversy and negative reviews. The film, which Olivia Wilde is directing, has generated a lot of buzz but for all the wrong reasons.
The movie centres on Alice and Jack, a young couple who reside in Victory, a utopian corporation town that serves as a home for the men who work on the highly classified Victory Project and their families. Pine portrays the CEO, who resembles a cult leader. The wives spend their time enjoying the beauty, luxury, and depravity of their town while the husbands are at work. They look to be living a fairly perfect life, but Alice can’t help but wonder just what they’re doing in Victory, and why, as the book’s opening line states.
Although respectable, the movie’s $30 million opening weekend isn’t particularly impressive. Particularly in light of its B- CinemaScore from opening day crowds and the majority of unfavourable reviews. Younger audiences were far more favourable toward the movie, however that may simply be the Styles effect. Don’t Worry Darling also stars Wilde, Chris Pine, Gemma Chan, KiKi Layne, Nick Kroll and Kate Berlant.
Don’t Worry Darling generated roughly the same amount of money worldwide this weekend as Disney’s re-release of James Cameron’s Avatar, demonstrating the continued appeal of the series. It also portends well for Avatar: The Way of Water, the eagerly anticipated sequel due out in December. Dramas and original films with an adult slant have had a particularly good year.
Don’t Worry Darling is Wilde’s ambitious attempt to demonstrate to viewers her versatility behind the camera after her well-received directorial debut, the coming-of-age comedy Booksmart. Currently, the movie is showing in more than 4,100 North American cinemas.