Cruise's different Mummy character

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Superhero movie "Wonder Woman" maintained its lead at the North American box office over the weekend pulling in $58.5 million and burying newcomer "The Mummy", industry figures showed.

Warner Bros.' 'Wonder Woman, ' meanwhile, slipped to second place while crossing $70 million.

The Patty Jenkins film - starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine (who coincidentally starred opposite Boutella in "Star Trek Beyond") - grossed $57.2 million, topping this weekend's domestic box office.

It was a slow start for the proposed Dark Universe of monster films, with Universal Pictures' The Mummy grossing just $32.2 million from 4,035 theaters in North America. While he certainly has an extensive experience handling big blockbuster franchises, his new movie had to launch a new cinematic universe that will reintroduce several different monsters on the big screen.

Fortunately, though, Cruise is about as big of an worldwide movie star as you're going to find, which helped the 2017 "Mummy" bring in more than $140 million overseas. His star power now shines brightest overseas, where audiences have been more forgiving of the actor's baggage.

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Well it's a better sophomore weekend than "Suicide Squad", "Man of Steel" and "Batman v Superman", all of which made significantly more money on their opening weekends than the Amazon princess. Audiences agreed, giving "The Mummy" a B-minus CinemaScore.

"Wonder Woman", set during World War I, garnered a 93 percent rating on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. The Mummy was Tom Cruise's biggest box office opening of all time.

One wild card is the global box office, where Cruise still enjoys major star status.

An animated superhero took third place, with "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie" earning $12.2 million in its second weekend in theaters. 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. For one, as bad as things are domestically for The Mummy, the movie is crushing internationally. At first, the movie was tracking for a $40 million domestic opening, which was later lowered to $35 million.

Next was Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the latest installment in the popular franchise starring Johnny Depp as a dreadlocked pirate, at US$10.7 million.

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