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“Don’t Worry Darling” didn’t disappoint at the box office, sweetie. Olivia Wilde’s second release grossed $19.2 million domestically, earning the No. 1 spot among theatrical releases nationwide.
The psychological thriller, which stars Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Gemma Chan, Chris Pine and Nick Kroll, also grossed nearly $11 million internationally for a $30 million worldwide opening weekend. .
Released by Warner Bros. in 4,113 theaters, the two-hour drama follows a 1950s housewife living in an experimental idealistic community with her husband, only to discover disturbing secrets really are behind what was believed to be a new lifestyle. perfect.
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Wilde’s second directorial job reportedly cost over $35 million to make, and was not without myriad behind-the-scenes drama that began with Shia LaBeouf’s alleged firing as the title character in August 2020. followed by Harry Styles signing on to take on the role.
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Wilde and her longtime fiancé Jason Sudeikis ended their seven-year engagement in November 2020, and she was later pictured holding hands with Styles before he officiated her manager’s wedding in January 2021.
An estimated $9.5 million has been earned by Friday’s release date, with another $5.8 million on Saturday and nearly $4 million taken out on Sunday to keep the film in the top spot all weekend. end, according to Box Office Mojo.
“The Woman King,” which was released Sept. 16, snagged second place with $11 million, and a re-release of James Cameron’s “Avatar” took third place with $10 million in total.
On Friday, Olivia shared a behind-the-scenes snap while reading scripts on set with Pugh, Styles and screenwriter Katie Silberman.
“Don’t Worry Darling is officially open,” Wilde captioned the candid photo. “Aaahhhhhhhh!!!!!!! I am deeply grateful for this experience, and for the extraordinary effort of the group of artists who made it possible. We have come together to tell you a story, and we hope that you you’ll have fun with it.”
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Florence Pugh, who plays Alice Chambers in DWD, stepped completely away from her promotional responsibilities in Italy ahead of the Venice Film Festival premiere and remained completely silent when it came to talking about the film on social networks until the release of the film.
At the Venice Film Festival, fans also thought they saw Styles spit on Chris Pine during a screening after a particularly tense red carpet where Harry and Olivia were separated, and Florence never communicated with Olivia.
“This is a ridiculous story…a complete fabrication and the result of a bizarre online illusion that is clearly misleading and allows for wild speculation,” Pine’s rep told Fox News Digital. “Just to be clear, Harry Styles didn’t spit on Chris Pine.”
It’s unclear why Pugh chose not to discuss his role in the film, but Wilde recently discussed a major controversy over having to fire Shia Labeoufwho was originally cast as Jack.
“His process was not conducive to the philosophy that I demand in my productions,” she told Variety of LaBeouf. “He has a process that in some ways seems to require combative energy, and I personally don’t think that’s conducive to the best performances.
“I believe that creating a safe and trusting environment is the best way to get people to do their best. Ultimately, my responsibility is to the production and the actors to protect them. It was my job.”
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LaBeouf reportedly had scheduling conflicts, but a December 2020 lawsuit filed by his ex-girlfriend, FKA Twigs, reported physical, mental and emotional abuse. The lawsuit is ongoing and scheduled for trial in April 2023.
“A lot of things came to light after that event that really troubled me, behavior-wise… Especially with a movie like this, I knew I was going to ask Florence to be in very vulnerable situations, and my priority was to make her feel safe and make her feel supported,” Wilde said.
LaBeouf recently responded to allegations that he was fired from “Don’t Worry Honey” in an open letter to director Wilde, and admitted he was now 627 days sober. FKA Twigs’ lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles on Dec. 11, 2020, three days after he began his sobriety journey.
“I have a baby girl, Isabel; she is five months old and just starting to develop the last half of her laughter; it’s INCREDIBLE. Mia, my wife and I have found each other and are on our way to a healthy family with love and mutual respect,” he wrote.
“My failures with Twigs are fundamental and real, but they are not the narrative that was presented. There is a time and a place to deal with such things, and I try to navigate a nuanced situation with respect. for her and the truth, hence my silence. But this situation with your film and my “firing” will never have a court date with which to deal with the facts. If the lies are repeated enough in the public, they become the truth. And so, it’s that much harder for me to crawl out of the hole I’ve dug with my behaviors, so I can support my family.”
He added: “Getting me fired never happened, Olivia. And while I fully understand the appeal of pushing this story because of the current social landscape, the social currency it brings. It’s not the truth. So I humbly ask, as someone who cares about doing things right, that you correct the narrative as best you can. I hope none of this affects you negatively and that your film succeeds in all ways. ways you want it to be.
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