EXCLUSIVE: The Olivia Wilde directed movie doesn’t open until Sept. 23, but on tracking, Don’t Worry Darling is off to a promising start, tracking hot with 17- 24-year-old women and also young guys. In sum, Harry Styles fans.
And as far as all those tabloid behind-the-scenes Don’t Worry Darling headlines about Wilde, Florence Pugh and Shia LaBeouf’s casting drama, as the old saying goes, there’s no such thing as bad publicity. All of that noise only creates intrigue around the property, and won’t have any negative impact when it comes to the box office. How is that? Because moviegoers’ ticket-buying decisions are oblivious to Hollywood gossip. Audiences don’t make their decisions about a movie based on what they read on TMZ or on Page 6.
Currently the opening weekend outlook is in the high teens for Don’t Worry Darling, but there’s a tremendous potential for upside here on this multi-genre romance which also stars Florence Pugh and Chris Pine; it would not be shocking if the pic ascends to a $20M+ start which would be a nice 3-day for what is a dry fall sans any major tentpoles. Key for Warner Bros/New Line’ marketing is continuing to stoke Styles’ fervent fans toward this movie (and we’ve heard many are driving several miles to see early screenings of this hot romance title). Typically young female moviegoers head to the cinema in groups and purchase their tickets day-of.
Warner Bros. had a similar fall box office feat back in 2018 with another movie which had a big musical star in it, that being A Star Is Born with Lady Gaga. The studio delivered Lady Gaga (and Bradley Cooper) fans to cinemas at 66% female during that pic’s opening weekend, seeing $42.9M, and an ultimate $215.3M domestic final cume.
Studios worried if older adults would come back to non-franchise tentpoles during the pandemic, and Warners Bros. skirted those fears away by opening Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis to $31.2M back in June and legging it out $147.7M domestic, currently $277.25M.
Despite all the chatter about Pugh being upset on set, we hear from those who’ve seen Don’t Worry Darling that the movie is truly a love letter to the actress’ range: she’s in every frame and exudes in a tale about a damsel who refuses to be in distress anymore. It sounds like this R-rated movie could be an ultimate double feature with the Little Women Oscar nominee’s 2019 genre pic Midsommar.
Styles is having a busy fall, not only showing up in Venice, but also TIFF where he has the love triangle gay romance drama My Policeman, from Prime Video. All this while he’s working overtime at his concert residencies at Madison Square now and also LA’s Kia Forum which lasts 15 nights starting Oct. 23.
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