'Wonder Woman' buries 'The Mummy' at box office

Tuesday, 13 Jun, 2017

Even with the power of Tom Cruise, The Mummy arrived with a thud at the domestic box office.

With Another Jack Reacher film released earlier this year and another Top Gun film promised Cruise here starts with The Mummy which promises to kick off a Dark Universe franchise.

Industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said the Tom Cruise movie, the latest revival of the original "Mummy" made in 1932, took in $32.2 million in its first weekend.

Wonder Woman will also make more during its second frame than did both "Suicide Squad" and "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice", despite those films having larger opening weekends than "Wonder Woman" ($133.7 million for "Suicide Squad" and $166 million for "Batman v Superman").

"Wonder Woman", $57.2 million ($58.1 million international).

While the film made more than $141 million in global theaters, American audiences were less than enthusiastic, spending only $32 million.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore, said "The Mummy" opening showed the challenge of launching a franchise with North American audiences, who are more deterred by bad reviews. It was made for US$125 million.

Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) and Princess Diana (Gal Gadot) team up during World War I in "Wonder Woman".

Add that with the box office clout Tom Cruise has, and you'll understand why "The Mummy" is far from a bust financially, and why Universal is still very bullish on its Dark Universe.

Final numbers are expected Monday.

The second installment for Guardians of the Galaxy has had a really impressive box office run now with $366 million domestic and $828 million worldwide.

It Comes at Night, despite a D CinemaScore came in # 6.

China led the charge with a spectacular $52.2 million launch, followed by South Korea with $17.8 million, Russian Federation with $7.8 million, Mexico with $5.1 million, and Taiwan with $4.9 million.

After losing six minutes to cuts from Beijing's censors, Fox's Alien: Covenant opens Friday opposite Pixar's Cars 3.

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tells", $34.8 million.

"Beauty and the Beast", $2.9 million. With a performance that weakened over its opening weekend, it scraped 4.30 million for fifth place.

"Confession of Murder", $2.8 million.