Tom Cruise’s ‘Mummy’ to Get Buried by ‘Wonder Woman’ at Box Office

The Mummy 2017
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It’s still Wonder Woman’s world as Gal Gadot’s hit will dominate the weekend at the North American box office against a dismal debut for Tom Cruise’s “The Mummy,” early estimates showed on Friday.

“Wonder Woman” is heading for about $52 million at 4,165 sites in its second weekend while “The Mummy” is on life support with around $35 million at 4,034 domestic locations, according to Friday projections.

It’s an impressive result for “Wonder Woman,” underlining its holding power as the film is retaining half of its audience after opening to $103.3 million last weekend. The Warner Bros. tentpole should crack the $200 million milestone by the end of Sunday.

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But “The Mummy” is heading for a beating. The opening is at the low end of the most recent projections, which were in the $35 million to $40 million range. Its opening day of $14 million, including $2.7 million from Thursday night previews, is a sharp contrast to “Wonder Woman’s” $38 million first day on June 2.

Whatever momentum “The Mummy” may have had was slowed by a slew of negative reviews in recent days, earning it a Rotten Tomatoes score of only 18%. That’s problematic for Universal, given that “The Mummy” is serving as the launch title for its “Dark Universe” of horror films. The studio 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 revere course overseas to see a profit. Universal received some good news on that front Friday, with an $18.7 million first day in China — the biggest opening day for a Cruise movie in the country. The movie is launching in 63 international markets this weekend and already saw a record opening in Korea on Monday.

“The Mummy” will be a test of Cruise’s worldwide star power. His “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” opened with an underwhelming $22.9 million domestically in October on its way to a worldwide gross of $160 million. But 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.

Cruise is teamed up with Universal on the drug runner drama “American Made,” which opens Sept. 29. The studio issued the first trailer earlier in the week.

Alex Kurtzman directed “The Mummy” and Cruise plays a treasure hunter who resurrects an ancient Egyptian princess, portrayed by Sofia Boutella. Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, and Russell Crowe round out the cast.

A24’s psychological horror movie “It Comes at Night” appeared to be performing under forecasts as it heads for an opening weekend in the $8 million to $9 million range at 2,533 theaters. Bleecker Street’s military biopic “Megan Leavey,” starring Kate Mara, was nearly invisible with a projected launch of $3 million at 1,956 sites.

Fox’s second weekend of “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” will probably finish third with about $13 million, edging Disney’s third frame of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” with about $12 million. The fifth “Pirates” movie grossed a disappointing $125 million in the U.S. in its first two weeks while its international total is near $400 million.

The weekend comes at a time when the overall summer box office is down 0.6%, at $1.072 billion, through June 7, according to comScore. Disappointing performances by several high-profile titles — “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” “Alien: Covenant,” and “Baywatch” — have been offset by “Wonder Woman” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”

The year-to-date domestic box office is 2.8% ahead with $4.83 billion due mostly to the strength of “Beauty and the Beast,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Logan,” and a trio of Universal titles — “Split,” “Get Out,” and “Fate of the Furious.”

“‘Wonder Woman” has perhaps the most important super power of all, one that enables her to smash a 9% summer deficit to under 3% in a single week and with a promising June start bolstered by the incredible strength of the latest DC superhero epic,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with comScore.

Dergarabedian also noted that comScore/Screen Engine’s PostTrack audience survey found that as many fathers as mothers were taking children to see “Wonder Woman.” He added, “‘Wonder Woman’ excelled with female audiences and typically it’s the moms who make the ticket-buying decisions for the family, but ‘Wonder Woman’ clearly inspired dads to take their kids, and most certainly their daughters, to see the movie.”

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  1. MIllie says:

    When Tom Cruise renounces the cult of scientology then I will to see his movie at the theaters. Until then I am boycotting.

  2. Bruce Kramer, M.D. says:

    I truly hope we are seeing the trend where Conservatives and Independents like myself are refusing to buy tickets to movies having these hypocritical, inane, and self righteous stars like Cruise, who star in these remakes or ludicrously scripted sequel movies

  3. Metron says:

    I watched Wonder Woman last night. It was ok. The ending was goofy.

  4. Michael Pardridge says:

    MEGAN LEAVEY is a dawg of a movie. Want the real thing? Go get CHIPS, THE WAR DOG from The Disney Channel in 1990. This dog was so authentic he bit Eisenhower — and won a Purple Heart which the Army later rescinded because animals could not be so honored. You’ll even get to see William “Rosland Gold” Devane in uniform.

  5. Brandon Fraiser did the Mummy a lot better. Tom Cruise hangs on to youth by spending millions of dollars and looks plastic and fake with his naval butt crack hair transplants. His time is over unless he takes on more mature, less action style films.

  6. jedijones77 says:

    How did Mummy have the exact same premise as X-Men: Apocalypse? Who ripped off who here?

  7. altnewsus says:

    Wonder Woman is a great movie. Just got out of the theater and still filled with emotion.

  8. Milo says:

    I saw Wonder Woman 3 times already, it was alright.

  9. Christine says:

    No one wants to see Tom Cruise any more!

  10. Mark Hawkins says:

    I thought Jack Reacher was a gay porn film.

  11. gphx says:

    A lot of people who saw Wonder Woman were surprisingly emotional about it. It not only fired on all cylinders but was positive and inspirational to boot.

  12. paully says:

    Boy the nuts come out when Variety is linked to Drudge..

  13. joe 812 says:

    could care less about watching the Mummy i can wait and watch on TV. Same can not be said of Wonder Woman going to go today and watch for the 2nd time.

  14. pickles says:

    What difference does it make to viewers if Cruise practices Scientology? Do you watch sports where the athletes are criminals from dui to abuse? Do you think Ali was the best boxer of all time afterall he was a Muslim. And the music world is full of drunks and addicts and I bet you Scientology naysayers listen to music. Leave the guy alone his life does not affect yours .

  15. emel1981 says:

    Snowflake beta’s, which is what mostly goes to the movies, are always playing video games with women main characters as the video game hero’s. So this isn’t surprising at all. They relate to women not men, unless the man is black. And Tom Cruise is not part of their strange confused generation and he hasn’t had a movie open in the Summer for ages.

  16. Joee says:

    One Mummy would have been much better. There’s way too much CGI. Remember the original “The Thing”? Now, that was scary. One monster, done well. When will Hollywood get it?

  17. auna says:

    Tom Cruise is not a BO hit anymore. Also WW is doing well because of the weak competition. I mean were WW to go opening week end with Guardians of the Galaxy premier, it would have lost badly. You cannot say you are good if your open is weak. Origins story also do well

    • Joe says:

      Then you know nothing about life… It’s called being a big fish in a small pond. Nothing wrong about that. You talk like one of the small fish. ….

  18. Glenn Reynolds says:

    Tom Cruise is a toxic actor, not as bad a Shawn Penn or Clooney. Stopped going to theaters years ago and don’t miss it, neither does my pocketbook.

  19. Rick Charles says:

    I’m doing the smart thing! Not going to see either.

  20. James says:

    I’d be very surprised if WW didn’t take the box. WW is a female superhero origin story beginning with her childhood and extending into her World War I experience as a young adult. Not true to the 1941 origin material but none the less a well made movie with excellent performances. The Mummy is a new take on a genre that goes back to Boris Karloff and 1931(?). It is well made and Tom Cruise is A list for a reason, he’s fun to watch, he has great taste in material, and for a change this character isn’t his Ethan Hunt nor Jack Reacher persona. IMO, both movies are worth the cost of admission.

  21. Ed Kosky says:

    Have seen both in the last two days and I guess it depends on one’s opinion of Tom C: 5 adult stars to “Mummy” and 2.5 adolescent stars to “WW.” Part of the joy of “Mummy” is just watching Tom’s facial reactions as he interacts with his co-stars. He may may be way out there with his Scientology, but IS never the less the consummate actor of this age. (Must be an adult thing). Weaving Jekyll / Hyde into the plot was an incredible touch, but to the classical literature starved who likely inhabit today’s cinema (and God help us….offer their “critical” opinions) it probably just confused. Gal Gadot is exotic to say the least. But her “Amazon Island” intro was a painful cliche’ of feminist fantasy and the tank tossing grand finale was pure pre-pubescent-popcorn-munching theater shtick: No doubt scripted to stimulate such as the little round red guy and gal bots who alert the audience to “get ready” to be entertained just before the main feature. ELK (USNA ’68)

    • Sam says:

      Ed, a bunch of us were just talking a/b this at lunch today…Cruise throws so much of himself into a role that even with a bad script his energy, charisma, and iconic facial expressions are enough to salvage a lot. I’m seeing the mummy tonight and expect my reaction to be similar to yours. WW was an entertaining popcorn flick but certainly not the groundbreaking masterpiece that ‘some’ reviewers would have you believe. I was rooting for Gal Gadot going into the movie but I have to admit her lack of acting chops really showed in a number of scenes. I also thought ‘twist’ at the end fell flat.

  22. anon says:

    It’s like the industry flat out refuses to utilize intelligent scripts as a key component to making big money – even for Mummy movies. Try it. It’s so insane…it just might work.

  23. Prime says:

    With these bad reviews, Universal might as well make Dracula Untold part of the Dark Universe like they originally intended. No sense in wasting that effort if the follow up isn’t any better.

  24. Mark says:

    Wonder woman is a horrible movie, I don’t know why critics say it isn’t… I’d watch the mummy just because cruise isnt know for making bad movies except for jack reacher …wonder woman talked way too much for my taste

    • Joe says:

      I loved the Reacher movies. Didn’t see the first one till a year or so after it was released because I didn’t think it could hold a candle to his Mission Impossible movies but I was wrong. The Boston fight scene was fantastic.

    • Allan Falk says:

      uhh…because critics are feminist left wing loons…….remember how they blasted “Passengers” last year….because they couldn’t handle the “morality” of the story.

  25. Nanny Mo says:

    Yeah, between Tom’s public (and strange) Scientology events and the high cost of tickets (seat, treats, parking and babysitting) it’s $50 a person these days, I have to say that I’m going to see Wonder Woman over Tom. Sorry, Tom. We know too much about you and that kills the screen magic. I have the truth lasso on, so I have to say it straight. I can’t look at you and not think about all the weird things you do and say these days.

  26. Don't Mind Me Now says:

    Unless it has GET OUT-esque legs, it seems IT COMES AT NIGHT will struggle to top MOONLIGHT as A24’s biggest film. Still, anything over $8.8 million means it tops THE WITCH as the studio’s largest opening.

  27. Je Vizzusi says:

    Two words GO PATTY! #wonderwoman

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