As expected, The Mummy was buried (so sorry) at the box office this weekend by Wonder Woman. But it’s not all bad news.
The Mummy came in below expectations at $32.2 million for its opening weekend in the U.S. but scored $141.8 million in international markets — marking star Tom Cruise’s biggest international opening ever (edging out War of the Worlds’ $102.5 million). Combined, the film had a solid global opening of more than $170 million. As Universal tries to launch its Dark Universe of horror monsters, it’s a lukewarm but promising start. Though you have to wonder how the next film will do without the strength of Cruise’s allure to carry it.
One interesting tidbit (which doesn’t bode well for The Mummy): The film opened behind all three installments in the Brendan Fraser-led trilogy of Mummy movies, which all averaged between $40 million and $68 million in the late 1990s and early 2000s. That’s not good, though its worth noting the box-office landscape is a whole lot more competitive these days.
In the States, it was a good weekend for Wonder Woman, as the DC solo flick clobbered the undead upstart. The film had the lowest weekend drop-off of any modern superhero film in history and looks to have a bit of staying power in the early summer. With DC in desperate need of a critical hit, Wonder Woman could be just the spark to generate some positive buzz heading into Justice League later this year.
Did you check out The Mummy? What’d you think?
(Via Entertainment Weekly)