Box Office: ‘Wonder Woman’ to Slay Tom Cruise’s ‘The Mummy’

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Not even Tom Cruise can save “The Mummy” from box office necrosis.

What was intended to launch an entire “Dark Universe” for Universal could be left stumbling if the film scores in the anticipated domestic range of $35 million to $40 million in its opening weekend. Overseas grosses should fare better — the movie is launching in 63 international markets this weekend and already saw a record opening in Korea on Monday — but with a reported $125 million production budget, this might be the mark of yet another franchise that should be laid to rest.

That means Warner Bros. and DC Comics’ “Wonder Woman” has every intention of reclaiming the top spot in North America, which it won last weekend with a glass ceiling-shattering $103 million opening. Even if Patty Jenkins’ blockbuster sees a steep 60% drop during week two, it would still be surprising if it fails to defend itself again “The Mummy.”

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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.

Following what has proven to be a highly lucrative model for Marvel and DC Comics, “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.

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.

Elsewhere at the box office, A24 is opening the psychological horror movie “It Comes at Night, which should frighten up ticket sales somewhere in the range of $10 million to $12 million. The story of two families riddled by paranoia and distrust and threatened by a mysterious outside force stars Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, Kelvin Harrison Jr., and Riley Keough.

Finally, “Megan Leavey,” the story of a young Marine who saves lives in Iraq with commitment and canine kinship, looks like a flop. The biopic from Bleecker Street is tracking at only $5 million. Kate Mara stars in the titular role.

While “Wonder Woman” gave the box office some hope, this weekend should reignite conversation surrounding the dearth of true hits so far this summer. The epic flop that was “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” led the charge for “Alien: Covenant” and “Baywatch” to miss as well. Even the fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie is leaning heavily on overseas grosses. With “The Mummy,” a parched summer will likely continue to dry up.

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  1. Brie says:

    I am going to see The Mummy tonight, but the reviews have greatly diminished my expectations.

  2. stevenkovacs says:

    We’re seeing ‘The Mummy’ (reboot of the ’30s series more than the ’99 one) as the trailers do look great and Tom Cruise never disappoints!

  3. Jay says:

    “The Mummy” has already been beaten to death by Brendan Fraser. Why reboot that tired old tale??

  4. MD says:

    The COS poster boy is box office death. I’m sure Miscavige will say the film was seen by 10 billion people.

  5. Jimmy says:

    Mummy looks good. I would like the studio to advertise it more in the states. They should commit to the franchise and invest in its future.

  6. Don't Mind Me Now says:

    Good luck to IT COMES AT NIGHT on its quest to become A24’s new #1 film. If it can get to $12 million on opening weekend, it should have no trouble passing MOONLIGHT ($27 million) to become their top grosser. It won’t have any direct competition until WISH UPON next month (THE MUMMY doesn’t seem to really count as horror and AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING just got pulled from the schedule) and we’ve already seen horror films like SPLIT and GET OUT pull off some incredibly leggy runs this year.

  7. Spider says:

    I think, “The Mummy” is going to be huge overseas! I’m still psyched to see this. I’m there opening day!

  8. Burro b says:

    WW is zzzzzzzz. Who cares. Mummy — zzzzz remakes after remakes. Hollywood is whack.

    • Cog says:

      I’d be embarrassed for you if you were saying Wonder Woman was a remake. There might be something that was lame about Wonder Woman, but I couldn’t see it. It sure didn’t have as high of expectations for a while leading up to the release as it is doing right now. I watched it and I was very satisfied. Sure, it may not be your thing, but I have the feeling when I know a movie is at least good in it’s own right. Maybe Fate of the Furious satisfied you?

      • Bob Lobob says:

        Hey, shaddup dummy. F8 was a fun film! No reason to dog something to put over something else. To each their own, ya jerk.

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