New Line’s Olivia Wilde directed genre movie Don’t Worry Darling grossed $3.1M in previews split between Monday’s sold out Imax fan screenings and showtimes yesterday that began at 4PM. Warner Bros.’ original projection for the movie was $17M this week, while industry sources peg the R-rated movie’s start between $20M-$26M. I had heard that AMC’s internal projections were $27M two days ago — and that was based off presales.
As of right now, the audience score for Don’t Worry Darling is high at 87% on Rotten Tomatoes, beating that of critics’ whine of 36% Rotten.
The number is bigger than the female skewing House of Gucci which made $1.3M in its Tuesday previews before Thanksgiving 2021, and just under Gaga’s Star Is Born which made $3.2M in its sole Thursday previews back in October 2018. You want auteur genre comps? Don’t Worry Darling also made more than the previews for Jordan Peele’s Get Out which had a $1.8M Thursday night.
Among those titles in regular release, TriStar’s Viola Davis female African warrior film The Woman King ended its first week with an estimated $25.1M at 3,765. The movie is expected to hold with a second weekend of $11M-$12M.
20th Century Studios/New Regency/Disney’s Barbarian ends its second week with $9M at