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

by Garry Watts June 12, 2017, 7:45
'Wonder Woman' buries 'The Mummy' at box office

Taking the No. 2 spot this weekend is a monster film that, frankly, was supposed to do a lot better.

Obviously, this is news that DC and Warner Bros.is incredibly happy with and suggests a very strong final gross. With a lower opening than Batman v Superman, Man of Steel or Suicide Squad, it is also further behind each of those movies at the same point in release.

Though The Mummy centers around the titular creature, played by Kingsman actress Sofia Boutella, Cruise's Nick takes his own monstrous turn in the final moments of the movie.

As for The Mummy, it opened worse than all three Mummy films starring Brendan Fraser from 1999 to 2008.

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. The movie has now brought in a total of $205 million domestically.

For the second week in a row, "Wonder Woman" has the US box office all tied up. While it might have come up short domestically, Cruise is still a big worldwide movie star, and The Mummy pulled in more than $142 million.

Universal's domestic and worldwide distribution chiefs Nicholas Carpou and Duncan Clark said they were pleased with the total global debut of $174 million. Whether the next entries into the franchise fare better with critics remain to be seen, but the studio's plans sound exciting enough that we're willing to give them another shot.

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"The Dark Universe has to start somewhere", said Dergarabedian.

Already this year, we've seen M. With the movie being produced under a $125 million budget, it could be profitable, but that likely depends on how it performs overseas.

Sorry Tom Cruise, but Wonder Woman is just too powerful. That is about 20 minutes shorter than "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales", about which I had some unkind things to say a couple of weeks ago. That puts it on course for as high as $380 million in the USA and a money maker on a $200 million budget. The horror flick failed to capture the audience interest that its early buzz suggested and opened below the $10 million that A24 was hoping for.

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

Baywatch brought in $4.6 million in its third weekend, down 48% from last frame. Down 51%, the sequel has pocketed $136 million domestically and may finish with $150 million in domestic ticket sales. The dog-in-wartime drama "Megan Leavey", with Kate Mara in the title role, bowed at $3.7 million. It earned $12.3 million (cume now $44.6 million). And more worth their time and money.

Sci-fi prequel Alien: Covenant comes in ninth with $1.8 million. Other closely-watched movies will include Universal's Despicable Me 3, Sony/Columbia Pictures' Spider-Man: Homecoming and Fox's War for the Planet of the Apes.

Warner Bros. rounded out the top ten with the romance Everything, Everything which grossed an estimated $1.6M, off 51%, for a $31.7M sum.

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