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


The Gal Gadot-starrer 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").

Strong returns from overseas are helping take some sting out of the rough opening, as "The Mummy" is estimated to finish the weekend with a $174 million global bow. Tom Cruise gets tossed around like a rag doll, hurled headlong into stone walls and oncoming buses and even indulges in one moment that plays out like a gag from Looney Tunes.

With a 20% rating on Rotten Tomatoes going into the weekend (it's now at 17%), "The Mummy" was going to be DOA domestically by Sunday, and Universal would have to hope for a strong outing overseas to save face. "Kudos to the filmmakers".

Cruise is now filming Mission: Impossible 6 with Christopher McQuarrie, who also nabbed a writing credit onThe Mummy. "Unfortunately in the US, the critical acclaim wasn't there to the degree that people use that as a guidepost".

Wonder Woman's ongoing popularity among film fans eclipsed the big promotional push for Tom Cruise's The Mummy franchise reboot, which received less-than-favourable reviews in the run up to its release last week (ends09Jun17).

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"So, all of those films are part of the history of the Universal monsters, and as such I thought, rather than say it's not part of the canon, let's say, "No, it is part of the canon; we're just taking it somewhere new". 2, grossing $10.7 million and $6.2 million, respectively.

The Mummy is one of the actor's worst performing films at the domestic box office in recent years, but it is killing at the worldwide box office. The budget was $38 million so if its worldwide rollout does well it should be profitable.

The box-office reign of "Wonder Woman" is all but certain to end next weekend when Pixar's "Cars 3" opens.

"Obviously we always want to do the best gross we can and we were challenged domestically", said Nick Carpou, president of domestic theatrical distribution for Universal Pictures. The Mummy is headed for a projected foreign debut of $139 million from 63 markets, including China. It sold a modest $6 million in tickets in its debut weekend.

Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" placed fourth with an estimated 10.7 million in its third weekend. Directed by Trey Edward Shults (Krisha), the $5 million film stars Joel Edgerton as a man trying to protect his family from an unnatural threat, only to find his plan go awry upon the arrival of another desperate family. Paying audiences were not too satisfied as the CinemaScore grade was a disappointing B-. Universal spent about $125 million to make it. A late scene of Cruise trapped underwater, desperately swimming away from a gaggle of undead (who are also practical effects; good on you, movie) is the only scare that I think worked as intended.