Wonder Woman buries The Mummy at box office

2017-06-12 08:57

New York — Tom Cruise was no match for Wonder Woman.

Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman wrapped up Cruise's The Mummy at the weekend box office, pulling in an estimated $57.2m in North American theatres, according to studio estimates on Sunday. 

Universal's The Mummy looked its age, selling a relatively feeble $32.2m in tickets in its debut weekend.

That couldn't compete with Wonder Woman in its second weekend. The Gal Gadot superhero film, directed by Patty Jenkins, has quickly earned $205m domestically in two weeks.


The poor North American opening for The Mummy, which cost an estimated $125m to produce, meant a weak start for Universal's ballyhooed "Dark Universe."

The Mummy is intended to launch a new, Marvel-style connected franchise that resurrects many of the famous monster characters — including Frankenstein, Dracula and The Invisible Man —from the studio's vaults.

Universal could still point to strong ticket sales internationally, where The Mummy grossed $141.8m in 63 territories, including $52.2m in China.

According to Universal, it's the biggest worldwide opening for Cruise. His star power now shines brightest overseas, where audiences have been more forgiving of the actor's baggage.

But critics slammed the film, directed by Alex Kurtzman; it has a dismal 17% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences agreed, giving The Mummy a B-minus CinemaScore.

Writer-director Trey Edward Shults' It Comes at Night aimed for more discerning horror fans. His thriller, one of the widest openings yet for Moonlight distributor A24, sold a modest $6m in tickets.

That was less than most analysts expected for the well-reviewed film, starring Joel Edgerton. But It Comes at Night also only cost $5m to make.

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The box-office reign of Wonder Woman is all but certain to end next weekend when Pixar's Cars 3 opens.

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