Box Office: Tom Cruise’s ‘The Mummy’ Unwraps $2.7 Million on Thursday

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Tom Cruise’s “The Mummy” unwrapped $2.7 million on Thursday night at 3,015 sites in North America.

“The Mummy” expands to 4,034 domestic locations on Friday amid expectations in the range of $35 million to $40 million in its opening weekend. Its momentum heading into the weekend has been slowed by a slew of negative reviews in recent days, earning it a Rotten Tomatoes score of just 20% and only 9% among top critics.

Alex Kurtzman directed “The Mummy” and Cruise plays a freelance treasure hunter who resurrects an ancient, evil Egyptian princess, portrayed by Sofia Boutella. She wreaks destruction via her vast supernatural powers with sandstorms and an army of the undead in Iraq and London. Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, and Russell Crowe also star.

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Universal intends “The Mummy” to launch an entire “Dark Universe” for Universal, which earned $1.2 billion worldwide from its last three Mummy films from 1999, 2001, and 2008. With a $125 million budget, “The Mummy” will need to perform well overseas to be profitable. It’s launching in 63 international markets this weekend and already saw a record opening in Korea on Monday.

“The Mummy” is coming into the marketplace with much of moviegoers’ attention still focused on Warner Bros.’ “Wonder Woman” and its better-than-expected $103.3 million opening weekend. Starring Gal Gadot and directed by Patty Jenkins, it set a record for a movie directed by a woman. It’s taken in another $45 million in the Monday-Thursday period.

“Wonder Woman,” playing at 4,165 North American locations, is expected to win again this weekend with as much as $50 million. That would leave it near the $200 million mark in cumulative grosses.

Cruise’s most recent starring vehicle, “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” opened with $22.9 million domestically — including $1.3 million in previews — in October for Paramount on its way to a worldwide gross of $160 million. His “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” performed well in the summer of 2015 with a $55.5 million domestic launch and an impressive $682 million worldwide.

A24’s psychological horror movie “It Comes at Night” made $700,000 at 2,000 locations at Thursday previews. It’s expected to take in between $10 million and $12 million this weekend. The movie centers on two families riddled by paranoia and stars Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, Kelvin Harrison Jr., and Riley Keough.

Critics are strongly supporting “It Comes at Night,” helping it earn an impressive 85% “fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes.

The weekend will also see Bleecker Street debut biopic “Megan Leavey” at 1,944 locations amid muted expectations in the $5 million range. Kate Mara portrays a young marine who saves lives in Iraq with her dog. Gabriela Cowperthwaite directed the film also starring Edie Falco and Common.

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  1. Jack Monte says:

    Studios need to make one good movie to start a universe. Don’t worry about how the entire franchise will go. Make a good movie first, no one goes to see something because there will be 4 or 5 more.

  2. Gary says:

    What bad reviews. I’ve read great ones. Also tipped to be Criise’s biggest movie to date. Stop spreading hate.

    • RX says:

      Good news, everyone! According to Gary this movie will be the biggest of Tom Cruise’s career, because Gary read positive reviews. Yay, Gary!!!

    • Bs says:

      The bad reviews are everywhere. This certainly isn’t going to be cruises biggest movie, no hate spreading here, going in the week, just being realistic.

  3. Dissin' Terry says:

    A movie no one asked to be remade (again) opening to bad reviews!? Shocker. Thanks Hollywood.

  4. MS says:

    Maybe don’t plan thirty films ahead of time before you see if there’s an actual market for these movies. I love the Universal Horror films, even the bad ones, and couldn’t care less about these movies because I am familiar with Kurtzman and his writing.

  5. JPJ says:

    $125mil budget? Who are they kidding? The A/L and VFX costs of this film easily surpass that number all by themselves. Add the costs of massive re-shoots, an original shooting schedule of 20 weeks or more, plus an extended preproduction period in the first place — a good guess would place the cost of this film well north of $250mil.
    It may be embarrassing to admit the true cost of these extravagant tentpoles, but it doesn’t help anyone to wildly understate the amount of money they throw at these projects. Perhaps don’t quote a number at all if your unwilling to publish an accurate budget.

  6. Kimbo Slice says:

    Rotten tomatoes is very misleading. Watch it and decide for yourself.

    • Dissin' Terry says:

      No thanks. I’d rather save my money to flush down the drain than see yet another garbage Mummy movie.

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