'Wonder Woman' cruises past 'The Mummy' at box office

Posted June 14, 2017

The release of a new Tom Cruise film its bound to make some waves and The Mummy makes its debut at the top of the global box office this week with a $175 million opening. But Tom Cruise's film "The Mummy" is struggling at the box office domestically, making $32.2 million.

The North American opening for The Mummy had a weak start and its domestic revenue didn't cover the production costs. Seeing as it's the first in a franchise of monster movies known as Dark Universe, you'd assume Universal would want to tease that out. The movie is a much-needed win for Warner Bros.' DC Extended Universe Superhero titles. (Wonder Woman is holding fast at 93% fresh.) Audiences were also equally as disappointed in Universal's new take on The Mummy, awarding it an average score of B-.

The "Dark Universe" takes its inspiration from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a fictional world populated with super-powered beings that's proven wildly popular with theater-goers. The well-received "Wonder Woman" also reversed a recent trend for DC films: "Man of Steel", "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Suicide Squad" each plummeted at least 65 percent in their second weekends; "Wonder Woman" dropped just 45 percent.

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). Johnny Depp is already signed up to play the Invisible Man, as is Javier Bardem to play Frankenstein's Monster. Its domestic gross so far stands at $205 million, as it looks to fly past $300 million before the month is over. His contributions to film criticism can be found in Magill's Cinema Annual, the International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, and the St. James Film Directors Encyclopedia (on which he collaborated with editor Andrew Sarris).

It Comes at Night, despite a D CinemaScore came in # 6.

"Alien: Covenant", $1.8 million ($1.6 million international). "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" will round out the top five for the weekend with $6.2 million from 2,911 locations.