Wonder Woman wrapped up Tom Cruise’s The Mummy at the weekend box office, pulling in an estimated USD57.2 million in North American theatres.
Despite a poor critical reception and a mixed audience reaction, the Dark Universe launching pad performed as expected overseas, earning over $141.8 million from 63 territories, which, combined with its subpar domestic haul of $32.2 million, will give it a massive worldwide opening of $174 million, the largest global opening for a Tom Cruise film ever.
Early projections revealed that “The Mummy” will gross something from $40 to $60 million in its opening weekend, while “Wonder Woman” was said to make up to $45 million in its opening weekend.
The Gal Gadot superhero film, directed by Patty Jenkins, has grossed $205 million domestically after fourteen days.
Universal is launching its monster-mashup “Dark Universe” with The Mummy – next up, the still-uncast Bride of Frankenstein in 2019 – in an attempt to build what Marvel and DC have for their men (and now women, praise Zeus) in tights.
Hollywood actor Tom Cruise, who features in a new Mummy reboot, says the original 1932 film starring Boris Karloff as the monster, had left him terrified.
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. The Bride of Frankenstein is already scheduled for a 2019 release, with Universal’s president of worldwide distribution, Duncan Clark, telling Variety “every movie is it’s own DNA”. I want it to feel like a Bill Condon movie. The lighthearted tale about misfit space adventurers played by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel has taken in US$366.3 million domestically since it opened on May 5.
The A24 thriller “It Comes at Night” aimed for more discerning horror fans.
“The Mummy” is no match for “Wonder Woman“. That is, much like It Comes at Night, a disappointing number as the film was expected to open in the mid-single digits but had its potential female-dominated audience sucked up by Wonder Woman.
Everything, Everything (US$1.6 million). Where available, the latest worldwide numbers also are included.
The domestic flop has earned $141.8 million overseas, more than four times what it’s earned in the states.
“Beauty and the Beast“, $2.9 million.
“Baywatch“, $4.6 million ($10.7 million international).
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tells”, $34.8 million.
“Confession of Murder”, $2.8 million.