Florence Pugh in “Don’t Worry My Darling.”

“Don’t Worry Darling” arrives in theaters this weekend after months of offscreen gossip.
Analysts are bullish about the movie, which is expected to rake in at least $20 million in its debut.
But it faces poor reviews and competition in the “Avatar” re-release and “The Woman King.”

Warner Bros’ “Don’t Worry Darling” arrives in theaters this weekend after a press cycle shrouded in drama. The big question on industry watchers’ minds: Will all the attention help or hurt its box-office chances?

For those who haven’t been severely online over the last few months, “Don’t Worry Darling” has received a lot of attention, largely for behind-the-scenes gossip rather than the movie itself.

It’s included reports that star Florence Pugh wasn’t participating in publicity for the movie over a feud with director Olivia Wilde; Wilde’s assertion that actor Shia LaBeouf was fired from the movie, which LaBeouf disputed; and a video from the movie’s debut at the Venice Film Festival that observers thought showed Harry Styles spit on his costar, Chris Pine (all of which Wilde has downplayed, most recently in an interview with Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show”).

“The whole experience has sort changed my way of thinking about the internet, how we choose to interact with it, or not,” Wilde told Colbert.

Box-office experts are bullish about the movie. Shawn Robbins, the chief analyst at Box Office Pro, wrote in his Thursday forecast that the movie should “at least come in above prior long-range forecasts thanks to the snowballing momentum generated by media headlines,” and noted that there has been strong advance ticket sales.

“Don’t Worry Darling” earned $3 million on Thursday (including early Imax showings on Monday), according to Forbes. For comparison, “The Woman King’ nabbed $1.7 million in its first Thursday last …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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