The Olivia Wilde-directed movie, Don’t Worry Darling, was number one at the box office after weeks of controversy.
Don’t Worry Darling shrugs off drama, opening with $19.2m at US box office
After off-screen drama threatened to consume Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling, the Warner Bros. release opened No. 1 at the US box office, debuting with $19.2 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates on Sunday.
Starring Florence Pugh and Harry Styles, Don’t Worry Darling was engulfed by a storm of controversies that revolved around everything from Pugh’s allegedly strained relationship with Wilde to whether Styles might have even spit on co-star Chris Pine at the film’s Venice Film Festival premiere. (Styles denied it.)
The movie, too, was torched by critics (38 per cent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) and arrived in theaters with more baggage than any recent release.
For an original film that cost $35 million to make, a $19.2 million launch was solid – and slightly more than the studio had forecast. A large number of moviegoers – including plenty of Styles fans – turned up to see what all the fuss was about.