Box Office: ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Drops 62% As ‘Avatar’ Tops $2.9 Billion

In holdover box office news for the weekend, Warner Bros. Discovery’sWBD +3.9% Don’t Worry Darling earned $7.3 million, dropping a harsh 62% and ending day ten with $32.8 million domestic. The $35 million original, R-rated, star-driven, adult-skewing erotic fantasy thriller fell harder in weekend two than A Simple Favor (-36% from a $16 million debut) and The Girl on the Train (-50% from a $25 million launch), showing that the mixed reviews and word-of-mouth are having an impact. To the extent that opening weekend grosses were juiced by gossip-driven curiosity and/or obsessive Harry Styles fans, well, ask me again if My Policemen makes money this season. Otherwise, it was an all-encompassing (marquee director, ensemble cast, high concept and R-rated escapism) package, one that performed as it would have done with or without the gossip.

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If it levels out next weekend, it will be akin to the deluge of Marvel fans that juiced the openings for Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness expecting an Avengers-level event. Regardless, it’s holding better overseas with an international 40% drop for a $6.4 million weekend and a $21.9 million foreign total. That gives the Olivia Wilde-directed and Florence Pugh-starring flick $54.7 million worldwide. The conventional rate of descent argues for an $85 million global cume. Like Sony’s Bullet Train ($100 million domestic and $235 million worldwide on a $90 million budget), it’s not a blockbuster or a franchise-created. Still, it’s a solid middle-of-the-road theatrical hit that will make up for any commercial deficiencies in post-theatrical. Not to belabor a point, but this is how it’s supposed to work.

Sony’s The Woman King continued to kick butt, earning $7 million and dropping just 36% in weekend three. The Viola Davis/Lashana Lynch/John Boyega action drama has made $46.7 million domestically and $50.6 million worldwide. The conventional rate of descent suggests a domestic total of over/under $65 million, but the legs suggest a $70 million-plus finish. Actual theatrical profitability will depend on overseas grosses, but that race has just begun. 20th Century Studios’ Avatar earned $4.695 million (-55%) in weekend two. It has made $58 million globally thus far in this two-week reissue (and $115 million if you count the 2021 reissue in China). That brings its lifetime totals to $779 million domestic and $2.905 billion worldwide. It reminded people how cool Avatar played in theatrical 3-D (where it sold 93% of its tickets last weekend and 97% this weekend).

20th Century Studios’ Barbarian earned another $2.8 million (-42%) weekend for a $33.1 million 24-day total. The buzzy, $4 million grindhouse horror flick is now sure to crack $35 million and may make a run at $40 million domestic. Warner Bros. Discovery’s leggy DC League of Super Pets earned $1.305 million (-25%) for a $91 million domestic and $194 million worldwide cume. Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick has earned $713 million domestically and $1.476 billion worldwide. Searchlight’s See How They Run sits with $8 million after 17 days, while Universal’s Minions: The Rise of Gru has $366 million domestic and $925 million worldwide. A24’s Pearl earned $725,000 (-62%) in weekend three for an $8.26 million 17-day cume. That’s not bad for a dirt-cheap (but buzzy) Ti West slasher flick.

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Don’t Worry Darling

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A24’s Everything, Everywhere All at Once passed $70 million domestic. It and The Woman King join Elvis and Top Gun: Maverick as the year’s Oscar contenders that audiences have paid to see in theaters. We’ll see (aside from Avatar 2 and Black Panther 2) what joins them. Universal’s Ticket to Paradise continues to show that maybe, just maybe, the live-action theatrical comedy isn’t dead. The George Clooney/Julia Roberts romp, about a divorced couple who try to sabotage their daughter’s vacation wedding, has earned $9.4 million this weekend. That brings its overseas cume to $45 million. It opens in France, Italy and Mexico this week, South Korea next week and Japan on November 3. It may already be a hit by the time it opens in North America on October 21.

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