"Wonder Woman" Outperforms "The Mummy", Remains #1 At US Weekend Box Office

Monday, 12 Jun, 2017

Such was the power of Diana, Princess of Themyscira that she was able to defeat the combined powers of The Mummy and its star Tom Cruise, as Wonder Woman saw off the monster and earned $57.1 million in the process, according to studio estimates. While most of the world was enjoying Cruise's attempt to breath life into Universal's planned (but probably cursed) Dark Universe franchise with The Mummy, the United States was going to see Wonder Woman again. The Mummy's opening ranks lower than the domestic debuts of all the Brendan Fraser Mummy movies and its spinoff The Scorpion King ($36M) which starred Dwayne Johnson.

That "Wonder Woman" figure is especially noteworthy because superhero flicks tend to see steep declines ― about 60 percent ― during their second weekend in theaters, once the most faithful fanboys and -girls have already scurried to the multiplexes. The $125 million Tom Cruise feature is the first offering from the studio's new "Dark Universe" franchise, which is hoping to create a Marvel-type series of their own using their classic monsters.

The notion of Tom Cruise in a reboot of "The Mummy", that's also the first in a series of monster movies, brought instant buzz when news hit the internet.

"We know we had been criticized for the prior (DC Comics) films that were successful at the box office but not with critics", Goldstein said.

In third place was Fox/Dreamworks' Captain Underpants with $12.3 million from 3,529 theaters. Universal had a lot on their plate regarding this film, starting with a marketing campaign that didn't sell the movie as much more than a generic action-horror that happened to star Tom Cruise. Every modern Mummy film (four films in total) from Universal performed better at the box office, going back to the original reboot in 1999 ($43.3 million) and even including the last entry in the cycle, 2008's Tomb of the Dragon Emperor ($40.5 million). The previous installment, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, earned $241 million domestically and $804.6 million internationally, for a global total of $1.045 billion. The global total is now $174 million, which is enough to account for the $125 million production budget. Cowen & Co. analyst Doug Creutz told the outlet that this summer's offerings to date have collectively fallen $300 million short of expectations, and summer 2017 could beat out the summer of 2014 to become the worst summer at the box office since at least the mid-1970s. Down 51%, the sequel has pocketed $136 million domestically and may finish with $150 million in domestic ticket sales. That is, much like It Comes at Night, a disappointing number as the film was expected to open in the mid-single digits but had its potential female-dominated audience sucked up by Wonder Woman.

Baywatch brought in $4.6 million in its third weekend, down 48% from last frame.

Sci-fi prequel Alien: Covenant comes in ninth with $1.8 million.

Nick Morton is a cad who slept with Jenny Halsey at some point before the movie and he stole a map from her, which leads us to the beginning of the film. Salma Hayek stars as a Mexican massage therapist whose vehicle troubles force her to attend her clients' (played by Connie Britton and David Warshofsky) dinner party, which is also attended by their wealthy friends with more elitist views.