Women and Gen Z drive ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ box office

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Never underestimate the interest in ogling a cute guy on a big screen.

Harry Styles, the white-hot musician and now fledgling movie star, powered the critically drubbed and controversy-entangled “Don’t Worry Darling” to a solid $19.2 million in estimated ticket sales at North American cinemas over the weekend. That No. 1 total was propped up by more than $3 million in preview screenings from earlier in the week.اضافة اعلان

Women made up 66 percent of the audience, according to Warner Bros., the studio behind the $35 million film, with an unusually large 52 percent of ticket buyers younger than 25.

“Don’t Worry Darling,” an R-rated romantic mystery co-starring Florence Pugh and directed by Olivia Wilde, who also acted in it, received a B-minus grade from moviegoers in CinemaScore exit polls. It played in 4,113 theaters in the US and Canada.

“Don’t Worry Darling” collected an additional $10.8 million overseas, in 61 markets.

Reviews were mostly negative, and Wilde and her film generated a torrent of unfavorable prerelease publicity, with Wilde getting into a public tit-for-tat with Shia LaBeouf, who was originally hired for the role that Styles ended up playing; and Pugh seeming to actively resist promoting the film, leading to reports of a rift between herself and Wilde.

Overall, it was a quiet weekend at the domestic box office as theaters continue to struggle to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, in part because of a limited supply of new movies from studios. Ticket sales totaled about $60 million, compared with $123 million for the same weekend in 2019.

“The Woman King” (Sony) was second at the box office derby, collecting about $11.1 million, for a two-week total of $36.3 million, according to Comscore, which compiles ticketing data. The rerelease of James Cameron’s 13-year-old “Avatar” (Walt Disney Studios) generated about $10 million, on par with expectations.

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