Saturday, May 18, 2024

Box Office: Harry Styles Can’t Lift “Don’t Worry Darling” Crawls Through a Week of Declines, Disappointments


I’ve waited to see if “Don’t Worry Darling” would pick up at all or develop “legs” at the box office. Unfortunately, it hasn’t.

Even Harry Styles’s fans have stayed away. The total box office is just over $34 million Every day this week has been one of declines. Wednesday, typically a good day for adult movie going, was down another 52% from Tuesday, and so on and so forth.

The saving grace is that “Don’t Worry Darling” cost between $35 and $40 million. The bad news is that even coming close to that doesn’t help. The movie has to make around twice its cost, and that’s not going to happen.

The bad publicity subverted the old adage that “all press is good press.” On set affairs, rumored spitting at press conferences, Harry’s and Chris Pine’s lack of interest at press conferences, Florence Pugh’s feuding with director Olivia Wilde, it was all too much.

The only winner here is Styles, who returns to his massive pop career, and is next up in “My Policeman,” although after “Bros” tanking who knows how that one will be received?

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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