1. Don’t Worry Darling (review)– $19.2M
More proof that my analytical skills are subpar, Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling withstood the mixed reviews and mountain of bad celebrity headlines to win the week with $19M. That’s not too shabby, and I think helps solidify Florence Pugh as a box office draw outside of the Marvel stuff. It’s also possible that curiosity drove a lot of this, and there could be a huge drop next weekend, but we shall see. So far, it has $30M worldwide, again not too shabby for an R-rated movie with a $35M budget.
2. The Woman King= $11.1M/$36.2M
On the other hand, I was dead-on about The Woman King, which only dropped 42% in its second week as audiences look to support Viola Davis’ well-reviewed historical epic.
3. Avatar– $10M
I think we all have been misreading this Avatar situation for years. Long projected to be a fool’s errand by James Cameron to develop so many sequels to the original, box office-breaking movie, the $10M domestic and $30M worldwide total of a remastered re-release proves otherwise. People DO care about Avatar. And having gone to see it again myself just last night, I think we were all full of shit to say it was a bad movie in 2009 just because the story isn’t as groundbreaking as the visual effects. It more than holds up, and now I cannot wait to see how the sequels turn out.
4. Barbarian– $4.8M/$28.4M
5. Pearl– $1.918M/$6.6M
6. See How They Run– $1.9M/$6.1M
7. Bullet Train– $1.8M/$99.2M
8. DC League of Super-Pets– $1.7M/$90M
9. Top Gun: Maverick– $1.5M/$711.5M
10. Minions: The Rise of Gru– $1M/$365.5M