Hello and Good Morning! Another new film has topped the domestic box office. Olivia Wilde‘s Don’t Worry Darling came on top with $19.2 million.
The weekend’s big newcomer Don’t Worry Darling certainly opened well with $19.2 million, just ahead of last weekend’s The Woman King ($19.05 million) to become the top opener of the past five weekends. Warner Bros. launched the Olivia Wilde-directed film in 4,668 theaters, and it has been dominating headlines for all sorts of supposed behind the scenes drama. However, the major box office draw was likely the rabid fanbase of music star Harry Styles, who is in his first major film role after debuting in a smaller part in Dunkirk, and women made up 71% of the audience. Florence Pugh leads in the 1950s suburbia-set psychological thriller, and the supporting cast also includes Wilde, Gemma Chan, KiKi Layne, Nick Kroll, and Chris Pine.
Though the opening is not a knockout, it’s a solid start for the $35 million budgeted film. The global total is $30 million, having opened in 61 overseas markets. Unfortunately, the film proved to be heavily frontloaded over the weekend after its strong $9.55 million Friday (including Thursday previews). Compare this to The Woman King, which had a near identical opening weekend with a Friday plus previews gross of $6.82 million. Hopefully that isn’t indicative of subsequent weekends, but we won’t really get a sense of its legs for a few more weeks. Audiences and critics were mixed on the film (B- CinemaScore and 38% Tomatometer on Rotten Tomatoes), so legs like the similarly female skewing Where the Crawdads Sing are a longshot (that film has grossed $89.6 million domestically off a $17.3 million opening), but it should be able to make up much of its budget theatrically.
–By Sam Mendelsohn – Box Office News
I agree. The numbers are nothing to get excited about, but at least it’s a start. Let’s take a look at the rest of the list…
Credit source: IMDb & Box Office Mojo
Top Box Office (US)
Weekend of September 23 – 25, 2022
|Don’t Worry Darling||$19.2M||$19.2M||1|
|The Woman King||$11.1M||$36.3M||2|
|See How They Run||$1.9M||$6.1M||2|
|DC League of Super-Pets||$1.8M||$90.0M||9|
|Top Gun: Maverick||$1.6M||$711.6M||18|
|Minions: The Rise of Gru||$1.0M||$365.5M||13|
Reported by Box Office Mojo © 2022
Now for the global stats…
Latest International Weekends
Data as of Sep 26, 1:33 PDT
That is it for the time being. We’ll see how the domestic and global stats look next week.
Featured image: IMDb