‘Wonder Woman’ Repeats Box Office Victory, Tom Cruise’s ‘The Mummy’ Misfires

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Different weekend, similar story: “Wonder Woman” is box office royalty.

The Warner Bros. and DC Comics standalone will have earned $57.2 million from 4,165 theaters by the end of its second weekend, putting it solidly in first place. That’s only a 45% drop from its opening weekend, giving the film an estimated $205 million domestically in two weekends.

The Gal Gadot-starrer will also make more during its second frame than did both “Suicide Squad” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” despite those films having larger opening weekends than “Wonder Woman” ($133.7 million for “Suicide Squad” and $166 million for “Batman v Superman”). Unlike those two films, Patty Jenkins’ has critical support — a current 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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“It’s an extraordinary hold for an extraordinary film,” said Jeff Goldstein, the distribution chief at Warner Bros. “When you open up at this high level, to have only a 45% drop, you just don’t see it.”

Goldstein pointed to the numbers “Wonder Woman” posted on Monday ($11.8 million), Tuesday ($14.3 million), and Wednesday ($9.3 million) to showcase its achievements. “This was so far outside of whatever norms we could find,” Goldstein said. “There’s something unique about this character, and there’s something special about the movie Patty Jenkins made.”

Universal’s “The Mummy,” meanwhile is counting on a strong overseas total to make up for less impressive domestic earnings. As of Sunday morning, the film is eyeing $32.2 million from 4,035 locations. That’s a slow start for the film intended to launch an extended universe of monster-related titles. Overseas it looks to fare better with $141.8 million, lifting its anticipated global take to $174 million.

“We would love to see more gross domestically,” said Nick Carpou, Universal’s president of domestic distribution, who asserted that “a lot of the attention that ‘The Mummy’ garnered here, aggregated to the international total.” Carpou cited the 75-foot-tall sarcophagus unveiled at the intersection of Hollywood and Highland, and the movie’s VR experience as potential buzz generators.

Alex Kurtzman directed “The Mummy,” a revival of the franchise spawned by Universal’s 1932 original and re-popularized by Stephen Sommers’ 1999 fright-fest starring Brendan Fraser, and the three other Mummy films that followed. In the 2017 update, Cruise plays a freelance treasure hunter who resurrects a princess (Sofia Boutella). Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, and Russell Crowe are also in the mix.

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“The Mummy” was announced as the kick-off to a “Dark Universe” of monster movies. 2014’s “Dracula Untold,” it turns out, is not canon. The studio that was built on classics including “Dracula,” “The Wolf Man,” and “Frankenstein” has already slated a “Bride of Frankenstein” movie for 2019 with half a dozen or so others in the works.

“Every movie is it’s own DNA,” Duncan Clark, Universal’s president of international distribution commented about the “Dark Universe.” “It’s not about which one went first.” Clark said “Bride of Frankenstein” is on deck, and there are “others in place.”

Cruise mostly recently opened “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” to a $22.9 million domestic opening, “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” to $55.5 million, and “Edge of Tomorrow” to $28.9 million. Cruise with reunite with “Edge” director Doug Liman for Universal’s “American Made.” The studio dropped the trailer for the crime-centric action biopic on Monday, presumably a strategic move to get audiences excited about its star.

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But that couldn’t save “The Mummy” from having the lowest domestic opening of any in the recent iteration of the franchise — 1999’s “The Mummy,” ($43.3 million); 2001’s “The Mummy Returns,” ($68.1 million); 2002’s “The Scorpion King,” ($36.1 million); 2008’s “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,” ($40.5 million).

Rotten Tomatoes was blamed for “Baywatch’s” Memorial Day weekend flop, but it wasn’t enough to save two new wide releases this weekend in A24’s “It Comes At Night” and Bleecker Street’s “Megan Leavey.” Both films won over the critical consensus — “It Comes At Night” at 86% fresh, and “Megan Leavey” at 80% — but are lacking so far in box office receipts. A24’s horror release will scare up $6 million from 2,533, which is fine for the low price tag, but below expectations. “Leavey,” meanwhile, is earning a mere $3.8 million from 1,956, making it a complete dud.

In limited release, “My Cousin Rachel” is tracking to post about $1 million from 523 locations. And “Beatriz at Dinner” from Roadside Attractions is gobbling up over $150,000 from only five spots.

Landing in third overall, “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” from Fox should take in an additional $12.3 million from 3,529 locations — that’s only a 48% drop from last weekend. Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” will sail to fourth with an additional $10.7 million from 3,679 theaters. The franchise’s fifth starring Johnny Depp now has over $600 million worldwide. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” will round out the top five for the weekend with $6.2 million from 2,911 locations. The studio is scaling back on domestic locations for both “Pirates” and “Guardians” by about 500 apiece.

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  1. I would not see any more of Tom Cruise movies,,,, I will never support any of his movies . He is so =BOLD and insane.

  2. omegatalon says:

    Tom Cruise’ movies still does exceptionally well in the foreign market and it’s just the American market where there’s an issue; this article would appear less bias if it gave world wide ticket numbers for Wonder Woman also because US success is meaningless unless it’s backed up with equal or better ticket sale numbers around the world.

  3. Jimmy says:

    174 million global opening is a great showing. Tom Cruise has been making great films for decades now, a strong and consistent actor/producer.

  4. ScorpionsSting says:

    Tom Cruise is a legend! Many times it doesn’t matter who is starting in a movie, but simply how many times can you tweek “THE SAME MOVIE” I know I was like oh yeah…another “MUMMY” movie but actually ended up liking it. It could’ve starred The Green M&M, it’s been made over & over, but Tom did deliver as he mostly always does! You people have nothing better to do than hide behind you IPhone’s & pads making stupid meaningless commenus. The only reality is you’ll never in your life see the amount of money Tom Cruise makes just for appearing for an interview..let alone what he makes for a film.

  5. Nona says:

    Tom Cruise is the best no matter what you haters say.

  6. EricJ says:

    “Every movie is it’s own DNA,” Duncan Clark, Universal’s president of international distribution commented about the “Dark Universe.” “It’s not about which one went first.”

    Oh, I see, so it wasn’t -this- movie, it was that audiences just hated the Dark Universe idea in GENERAL, and didn’t care which movie shoved it down our throats, we weren’t going to see it anyway!
    Yep, Dunc, you pretty much nailed it on that one.

  7. Spider says:

    “The Mummy”, was just simply OK. The trailers made it look like a re-hash of the Brendan Fraser flick from 1999. Universal shouldn’t have announced the ‘Dark Universe’ ahead of this film’s release. They should have just focused on making a good movie. The tone was incoherently all over the place; it’s as if the producers didn’t know what kind of film they wanted to make. The payoff with Cruise did help in that “The Mummy” did pretty well overseas, as I’m sure Universal was banking on his international appeal.
    ….On another note “Wonder Woman” is actually as good as it needed to be. First, director Patty Jenkins delivered a compelling film with an emphasis placed on emotional storytelling. Gal Gadot IS Wonder Woman and she had great chemistry with Chris Pine. Looks like the audience did connect and cared for some of the characters. Second, this helps generate goodwill for the upcoming “Justice League” and the fate of the DCEU. Third, this flick has good repeat play ability. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for, “The Mummy”.

  8. Shary says:

    Hollywood shouldn’t get too excited over Wonder Woman. It’s about the only film barely worth paying money to watch. Everything else stinks, including “The Mummy.” Anything would look great when there’s no competition.

  9. EricJ says:

    Because Hollywood ALWAYS blames the actors when things go wrong (because actors are easier to fire than studio execs), there’s a lot of dumping the Mummy into Cruise’s lap, which is not 100% inaccurate.

    But when the final trailer literally spent more time blaring us a new corporate fanfare for explaining Cruise’s role as story tentpole in the first six films in Universal’s new faux-Marvel crossover “Dark Universe” than in showing us–oh, I dunno, a MUMMY, or something?–there’s a lot bigger problem.
    Jack Reacher may have flopped because of Cruise, The Mummy flopped because of Universal, and a few studios that dreamed of trying the same stunt. You might have noticed last summer, or maybe you didn’t, because we were too busy arguing over a few other notorious flops at the time.

    Those who can think back to a week or two ago, this might also explain Pirates 5’s “mysterious” dead-in-the-water domestic B.O., and why we didn’t want an overnight “new trilogy” of -that- one, either.
    We didn’t want one movie, Universal, did you think we’d love you for jamming six down our throats on Day One?

  10. Bob says:

    Cruise has no chemistry with anyone in the movie. Not Wallis or Johnson or Crowe. He’s better when he plays loners.

  11. Reality Bites says:

    Why are you printing WB spin as if it is news? WW had NO competition last weekend, it had only to beat Captain Underpants. This week it held on against a FAILED Mummy. It is not anythng approaching box office royalty or even a success. It is benefiting from being released in a dump the garbage weekend when it couldn’t fail. It’s a mediocre movie that is performing adequately in a way that ANYTHING could have done. These are the facts, unless you are on WB’s payroll.

    • Jacen says:

      Your statement about WW not approaching success is false. The film should do over 300 mil in the US alone, half of which will go back to the studio. The production budget is listed at 149 mil (and, having seen the film twice, I can agree with that number), which means the domestic haul alone will put the movie into the black (not counting any back end deals which, depending on the studio–Paramount, for example, is often guilty of this–could keep the movie in the red for as long as the writers are alive and hoping to get paid). International receipts will cover the cost of marketing and still leave the studio with a few extra bucks. It’s a good, not-great beginning to a possible WW trilogy, and definitely a financial success for all around.

    • Paula Stiles says:

      Hate to break this to you, sunshine, but nobody’s forcing anybody to go see Wonder Woman, let alone make it a hit. There are plenty of other things they could be doing in June. That’s why movie theaters are in so much trouble these days.

      Of course it could have failed. The Mummy did. So did the new Alien flick. And Baywatch.

      I saw it on a Tuesday, in the afternoon, and it was a full house. People are going to see Wonder Woman–and going to see it again–because it’s a good, entertaining film worth the money for the ticket. Those are the actual facts.

    • Not sue what you’re on about. For any film that opens over $100m this is a brilliant 2nd weekend (It’s a great 2nd weekend for pretty much any film). It is doing very, very well in North America.

      • EricJ says:

        Yes, and if we HAD a film that opened over $100M in other places than China, that would be good.
        Over here, we had a film that grossed $32M in North America. In summer. In JUNE.
        Major owie. :(

    • Steve says:

      Unless and until you prove your assertions with objective evidence, they aren’t facts. They’re opinions.

    • Jack says:

      Spin? Anyone who even spends 5 minutes studying historical data of super hero movies over the past decade can tell WW’s drop is insanely low. In fact, it is the LOWEST. Which means the movie is a major hit. It is doing something none of the DC or even Marvel movies have done. Not some. All. It’s bested them all in week-to-week drop-off. And some of those movies had even less competition for several weeks.

      • Yael Zyc says:

        The mummy bested WW numbers in the foreign market that is a fact.
        WW may dominate the domestic box office but in the world it’s starting to drop. the drop of 45% doesn’t mean everything if WW won’t have the foreign market Support. Don’t forget that there are major movies coming in the next week not mummy stile, I’am talking transpormens, cars 3, despicable me…those movies dominate the box office.

  12. weary says:

    Tom Cruise is a ‘misfire’ in general.

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