×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

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

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.

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.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Nicolas Cage Hainan International Film Festival

    China's Hainan Film Festival Launches Golden Coconut Competition

    The deep-pocketed, government-run Hainan Island International Film Festival has launched a new competition section for its second iteration, set to take place from December 1-8. This year, ten ‘Golden Coconut Awards’ will be given out across three categories of films: feature-length, feature documentaries, and fictional shorts. Prizes will be presented for best picture, best director, [...]

  • Panda

    France's Troisième Œil Teams With China's CICC on Richard Dale's 'Panda Kingdom' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Troisième Œil Productions is teaming with Chinese partners to make its first international co-production with the premium documentary “Panda Kingdom,” and has brought BAFTA-winning director Richard Dale on board to helm it. The outfits China Aviation Pictures and CICC are co-producing the documentary with Troisième Œil Productions. The docu feature will explore the captive breeding [...]

  • Andhadhun receives AACTA nomination

    Indian and Chinese Titles Dominate AACTA Asian Award Nominations

    Three Indian and three mainland Chinese films are among the nine feature movies shortlisted for the Best Asian Film Award by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts. The Indian selections are box office hit “Andhadhun,” “Super Deluxe, and “Gully Boy,” which premiered in February at the Berlin festival. The Chinese trio includes “Shadow,” [...]

  • Fernando Meirelles The Two Popes

    Film News Roundup: 'The Two Popes' Wins Audience Award at Miami Festival

    In today’s film news roundup, “The Two Popes” wins an audience award, “A Night with Janis Joplin” and “Fittest in Dubai” get releases, Artists First reorganizes, SAG-AFTRA expands its headquarters and Film Fest 919 announces its winners. AUDIENCE AWARD Fernando Meirelles’ “The Two Popes” has won the audience award at the Miami Gems Film Festival. [...]

  • Scotty Bowers

    Scotty Bowers, Old Hollywood's Sexual Matchmaker, Dies at 96

    Scotty Bowers, a “sexual matchmaker” for dozens of stars during the Golden Age of Hollywood who wrote about his colorful — and sometimes unbelivable — life in his memoir “Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars,” died at his Laurel Canyon home on Sunday. He was 96. The [...]

  • AMC theater

    AMC Entertainment Introducing On-Demand Movie Service

    AMC Entertainment will introduce an online video store in the United States on Tuesday. Adam Aron, AMC’s president and chief executive, said that the AMC Theaters On Demand will offer about 2,000 films for sale or rent after their theatrical runs — much like Amazon or iTunes. Disney, Warner Bros., Universal, Sony and Paramount have [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content