Monday, May 27, 2024

Box Office Hit? First Weekend for Harry Styles’ “Don’t Worry Darling” Hits $19.2 Mil US As Fans Flock to Theaters


Is “Don’t Worry Darling” a hit? Well, not in the conventional sense.

The Harry Styles movie that’s had so much intense gossip pulled off $19.2 million in the US, and a total of $30 million around the world.

That’s better than anyone could have hoped, less than they would have liked. But the movie only cost $35 million, they say, $40 million tops including flying Harry around for promotional activities. So cost-wise, we’re cool.

But what happens now that Harry Styles’ fans have flooded the theaters? WIll anyone else go? Word of mouth is evidently not good with a B- Cinemascore. On Rotten Tomatoes the audience score is 81%, which means even Harry’s fans have not jammed the numbers.

Soon we’ll have “My Policeman” with Harry in some very graphically gay scenes. Will the fans be there for that? We won’t know, really. Amazon, which will release it, doesn’t give box office numbers. So we’ll only be able to judge that one from social media and Rotten Tomatoes.

In both movies, I ‘ve said, Styles acquits himself. He’s not nearly as wooden as Hayden Christensen was in “Star Wars.” He’d have to become a table for that description. He took on two difficult films, and didn’t complain, just went for it. He needs credit for that. Is he the new face of an acting generation? No.

Wilde likes to say she got the criticism and gossip because she’s a woman. I don’t think so. I think she comported herself very badly through her interviews. The whole thing seemed like a a high school mess about the year end play or talent show. I give the Warner’s PR credit for maintaining their own decorum and dealing with a perilous situation.

Meantime, the minute any of those Styles fans happens upon “The Stepford Wives” on TV and they’ll know what’s really going on.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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