'Wonder Woman' soars in its second weekend as 'The Mummy' staggers

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Russell Crowe Javier Bardem Tom Cruise Johnny Depp and Sofia Boutella are part of the Dark Universe. Marco Grob Universal

In the US The Mummy came 2nd place behind Warner Bros.', a unit of Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) hit Wonder Woman, which took $57.2-M at the NA box office from 4,165 theaters, passing the $200-M mark domestically Sunday, its 10th day in release.

"Wonder Woman" has grossed $435.2 million worldwide - already vaulting it to the eighth-highest-grossing of the year.

In a distant second place with $32 million is "The Mummy", which is both a Tom Cruise movie and the kick-off to another cinematic universe, this one being Universal's reboot of the classic monsters of decades past that its named Dark Universe.

Luckily for studio bosses, Cruise's The Mummy fared better internationally, with a $141.8 million (£111.3 million) debut to lift its global gross to $174 million (£136.6 million). Tom Cruise's film failed to beat the first-weekend box office collection of DC's fourth installment "Wonder Woman".

Tom Cruise was no match for Wonder Woman.

With The Mummy's limp start, the door was left wide open for Wonder Woman to hold the number one spot.

Younger audiences may be more familiar with Brendan Fraser's Mummy trilogy, which emphasized campy fun, anchored by charismatic stars in Fraser's Rick O'Connell and Rachel Weisz's Evelyn Carnahan.

Until the rest of the Dark Universe films are released, there's The Mummy to look forward to.

China led the charge with a spectacular $52.2 million launch, followed by South Korea with $17.8 million, Russian Federation with $7.8 million, Mexico with $5.1 million, and Taiwan with $4.9 million. Suicide Squad put up a $133.6 million opening weekend which represented 41.1% of its domestic total of $325.1 million ($745.6 million worldwide) from a $175 million budget. The second week box office totals for those three films all dropped more than 64%.

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. A24's horror release will scare up $6 million from 2,533, which is fine for the low price tag, but below expectations.

And at No. 3 is "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie", bringing in an estimated $12 million in its second week out. "Leavey", meanwhile, is earning a mere $1.9 million from 1,956, making it a complete dud.

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