Published: Sat, June 17, 2017
Arts&Culture | By Spencer Underwood

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


Wonder Woman's ongoing popularity among film fans eclipsed the big promotional push for Tom Cruise's The Mummy franchise reboot, which received less-than-favourable reviews in the run up to its release last week (ends09Jun17). "In the new Mummy movie the supernatural villain is Princess Ahmanet, played by Sofia Boutella".

Sorry, Tom Cruise! Your movie was no match for the smash hit Wonder Woman.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the reboot of Universal's 'The Mummy, ' starring Tom Cruise, opened to a withering 32.2 million Dollars at the USA box-office, a dismal start for the first film of Universal's new Dark Universe of interconnected monster movies.

That couldn't compete with Wonder Woman in its second weekend. Granted, it opened in over 60 countries to garner that amount of cash, but still, it brings the film's total box office to $174 million after one weekend. According to Universal, it's the biggest worldwide opening for Cruise.

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.

Universal tries to kickstart a franchise, but their future plans might be in doubt after the performance of the "first" film in the Dark Universe series. Universal and Condon, fresh off the $1 billion-plus success of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, have cast Javier Bardem as Frankenstein's Monster, though his female counterpart has not yet been announced. "I'm really excited to see what Bill Condon does with Bride of Frankenstein".

The Mummy is in theaters now.

"The array of titles available for us and the talent we have coming on board for the ones coming up, they all have to operate as an individual title", said Clark. Granted, my two young boys have a lot to do with that, but it actually looks like a nice turnaround for Pixar after CARS 2 and there's definitely a market for another movie about talking cars. We're looking forward to any number of the ones in the group. Made for about $125 million, the film received a B- CinemaScore from audiences. Warner's efforts to build an interconnected superhero "universe", for instance, got off to a weak start. Lessons are learned from every movie. A24's horror release will scare up $6 million from 2,533, which is fine for the low price tag, but below expectations. 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.

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In the States, it was a good weekend for Wonder Woman, as the DC solo flick clobbered the undead upstart.

"The Mummy", $32.2 million ($141.8 million international).

The Mummy did push last week's second-place film, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, down to the third spot where it boasted $12.3 million, giving it a two-week total of $44.6 million.

Paul Dergarabedian of comScore adds that many Hollywood tentpoles unearth most of their treasure overseas, including Depp's 2017 summer tentpole, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The three-day total should come in right at $50 million.

"Baywatch", $4.6 million ($10.7 million international).

The $51.8 million total, topped up by $1 million of previews, was the seventh highest opening of the year. After 17 days, "Pirates" has managed $162 million.

"How Are You", $4.2 million.

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