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

Michael Fassbender

Studios catch monstrous case of franchise fever

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the reboot of Universal's 'The Mummy, ' starring Tom Cruise, opened to a withering 32.2 million United States dollars at the USA box-office, a dismal start for the first film of Universal's new Dark Universe of interconnected monster movies. So, it will definitely climb to $139 million at the worldwide box office by the end of Sunday, giving The Mummy a total $169.3 million at the global box office, as per Deadline.

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.

Its debut also falls well below what a $125 million movie needs to open with in order to break even domestically over the course of its run. "It's a special movie that's resonated everywhere".

Indeed, the midweek numbers ($11.8 million for Monday, $14.3 million for Tuesday and $9.3 million for Wednesday) suggest that all the critical acclaim for the Patty Jenkins-directed smash is driving consistent crowds even after the opening-weekend rush. The film scored a 17% approval rating from critics via Rotten Tomatoes and a 34/100 from Metacritic.

"Wonder Woman" has now grossed a total of $205 million domestically and $230.2 million overseas.

Tom Cruise's film received slow opening at the box office, the film opened up with Rs. 3.50-3.75 crores* (approx). "It's all about stories that (are) well-written and well-executed, and in this one the star was just stunning".

One such expedition leads them to Iraq, which is apparently present day Mesopotamia where the ancient Egyptians have buried Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella). The characters are so poorly written, we don't know a thing about them aside from what their most immediate goal is. But Access Hollywood managed to catch up with him a few months ago and get his thoughts about Tom Cruise's reboot of The Mummy. As it turned out, the movie earned an estimated $32.2 million, underperforming against its own lowered expectations. By comparison, every film in the original Stephen Sommers-directed, Brendan Fraser-starring trilogy debuted with higher numbers, with The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor earning $43.4 million, $68 million, and $40 million, respectively (adjusting for inflation). "And kudos to the cast, especially Tom Cruise", said Universal domestic distribution president Nick Carpou of "The Mummy".

In The Mummy, Cruise is joined by a cast including Annabelle Wallis (upcoming King Arthur, television's Peaky Blinders), Jake Johnson (Jurassic World), Courtney B. Vance (TV's American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson) and Oscar victor Russell Crowe (Gladiator).

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, based on the popular children's books, slid to third with $12.3 million, while the fifth installment of Johnny Depp's Pirates of the Caribbean finished fourth with $10.7 million. Many wondered if Wonder Woman could overcomes its new competition this weekend as films like The Mummy entered theaters.

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