The Mummy Bombs Domestically; Makes Back Budget Internationally

The Mummy

Friday Box Office Analysis

Tom Cruise's "The Mummy" was buried at the USA box office this weekend by 'Wonder Woman, ' but looked more alive overseas thanks to a strong start in China.

Directed by talented Patty Jenkins, "Wonder Woman" has earned over $16 million from Thursday night previews from 4,165 cinemas for a $51 million weekend, a drop of around 45%.

The action film starring Gal Gadot has grossed an impressive $206.3 million in domestic ticket sales in two weeks, placing it in the top tier of movies that have managed to maintain such a lead at the box office.

The reboot of the cinematic monster from Comcast Corp.'s Universal Pictures. opened to a weak $32.2 million in the USA and Canada, according to studio estimates. That's a slow start for the film meant to launch an extended universe of monster-related titles. Universal said China generated US$52.2 million in weekend ticket sales, a record for a movie starring Cruise. And domestically, "Wonder Woman" ($202 million) is the year's fifth-biggest film - with "Fate of the Furious" ($224.5 million) and "Logan" ($226.2 million) next in its sights.

His star power is strong overseas where audiences care less about Tom's public relations disasters including the famous Oprah Winfrey incident where he jumped on her couch while declaring his love for Katie Holmes.

And at No. 3 is "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie", bringing in an estimated $12 million in its second week out. Its cumulative stands on $70.2 million after 10 days.

Landing in third place in its third outing, Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales added $7.5 million, lifting its China total to $162 million.

The other notable debuts included the critically acclaimed A24 horror feature "It Comes at Night", which crept up to a $6 million first weekend for director Trey Edward Shults. Final domestic figures will be released Monday. "We're looking forward to Bill Condon's movie".

"Alien: Covenant", $1.8 million ($1.6 million international).

Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates. The budget was small at $6 million, but even there it will have trouble making a profit when marketing costs come into play.

"How Are You", $4.2 million.

Disney/Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is holding well, minting $507,000 in its seventh orbit on 188, easing by 18 per cent.

"Confession of Murder", $2.8 million.

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