Worry, Darling: September Box Office Plummets to Worst Levels in 25 Years

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For the first time since 9/11 decimated moviegoing, theaters did not see a film with an opening weekend of over $20 million

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Despite modestly budgeted successes like Sony’s “The Woman King” and Warner Bros.’ “Don’t Worry Darling,” this September’s box office has sunk to the lowest levels in a quarter-century.

The overall total for the month is set to sink to 25-year lows, not counting 2020, when Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” accounted for nearly half the $86 million box office as most theaters remained shut down at the height of the pandemic.

With just $275 million grossed in North America to date, this will be the first September since 1997 with a monthly total of less than $350 million. To date, the running total for September 2022 is 20% behind last year’s pace and 52% behind the pace set this month in 2019.