Box Office: ‘Wonder Woman’ Whips Up Another Win, ‘The Mummy’ DOA

Tom Cruise The Mummy
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Wonder Woman” won over critics and audiences alike during its $100 million domestic debut last week, and it looks like it’s going to take more than an army of Egyptian gods and Tom Cruise to dethrone the DC Comics superhero. Gal Gadot’s comic book adaptation from Warner Bros. is easily on track to triumph over Universal’s intended tentpole “The Mummy” in its opening weekend.

Patty Jenkins’ DC Extended Universe savior took in another $16 million from 4,165 theaters on Friday. That number will climb to an expected $53 million by end of day Sunday, giving “Wonder Woman” a domestic cume of $192 million in just two weeks. The female-led film had already surpassed $300 million worldwide prior to this weekend.

While the summer box office season has officially begun, Cruise seems to have lost control of the Dark Universe. “The Mummy” was expected to be the equivalent of Marvel’s “Iron Man” or DC Comics’ “Man of Steel,” but Universal’s $125 million movie will have to settle with second place. The reboot of the Brendan Frasier franchise earned only $12 million from 4,035 screenings on Friday, projecting a dead-on-arrival domestic debut of just $30 million.

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“Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” from Fox falls from No. 2 to No. 3 this week. The Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, and Thomas Middleditch animated comedy is expected to make a further $13 million this weekend after pulling in $3.5 million from 3,529 locations on Friday. Those numbers will add up to a two-week total of $42 million for “Captain Underpants.”

Despite two weeks in the top 3, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” has officially walked the plank to No. 4 in the box office. Johnny Depp’s Disney vehicle pillaged $3 million from 3,679 locales on Friday, meaning the fifth film in the Jack Sparrow series will see $10.5 million for the three-day. However, similarly to what can be expected of “The Mummy,” “Pirates'” global total is much more impressive at $384.5 million compared to its $133.5 domestic draw.

Also in its first frame, psychological horror film “It Comes at Night” from A24 is performing particularly well off a $2.4 million budget. The Joel Edgerton and Riley Keough thriller is expected to take in $6.5 million by weekend’s end. “It Comes at Night” scared up about $2.5 million from 2,533 theaters on Friday, despite its shockingly low D CinemaScore.

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Baywatch,” “Megan Leavey,” “Alien: Covenant,” and “Everything, Everything” round out the top 10.

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  1. basil fawlty says:

    Is there anyplace where the actual “head-to-head” comparisons can be seen? It seems like various media outlets used to say movie X made $35 million on 3,000 screens and movie Y made $32 million on 4,000 screens. Now, all of the articles seem to be written to obscure and/or avoid making head-to-head comparisons — and, more importantly, to tout how movie A blew movie B out of the water. Why can’t anyone just tell us how much each movie made, on how many screens, and maybe with a per-screen average and let us actually see for ourselves?

  2. Spider says:

    It looks like, “The Mummy”, has already made $151 million, adding the foreign totals as of today. …Needless to say, “The Mummy” was OK, at best. Russell Crowe was quite good, but was shoehorned in this flick and the tone was all over the place. “Wonder Woman”, is the better movie. Gal Gadot IS Wonder Woman. Patty Jenkins did a fantastic job directing. Chris Pine and Robin Wright played great parts. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a flick where I’ve been invested in the story line and cared about the major characters!

  3. Perspective says:

    I saw the Mummy

    Its better than Suicide Squad
    Its better than every Fast and the Furious movie
    Its better than every Transformers movie

    Sure the Mummy has a number of flaws, but its far from being as terrible as some reviewers are making it out to be

    • WadeMcG says:

      “I saw the Mummy

      Its better than Suicide Squad
      Its better than every Fast and the Furious movie
      Its better than every Transformers movie”

      That’s kind of like saying that an advanced melonoma is better than AIDS. For a mega hyped franchise starter, anything below awesome is considered a failure.

      Oh, and Warcraft: The Beginning was much more successful overseas (China specifically) than it was in the US. However, I don’t hear too many people citing it as a major hit.

      The fact is that Wonder Woman is the first GOOD example of a DC Superhero Comic movie that’s not focused on Superman or Batman. Not Supergirl, not Catwoman, not Steel, not Swamp Thing, not Green Lantern (which Ryan Renolds later apologised for), not Watchmen (which dragged a five star series down to a two and a half star movie) and certainly not Suicide Squad. Wonder Woman deserves its success.

  4. Cass says:

    Check that International number. It’s already in the black. Less and less studios think domestic numbers are more important.

  5. Chris says:

    These movies all had no chance against wonder womam

  6. harry georgatos says:

    I’m sick and tired of Tom Cruise blockbusters where he’s propelled from explosive fireballs and stunt-work. I yearn for the days of engrossing and immersive story-telling over cartoon stunt-work with skeletal plotting leading to another cartoon set-piece of stunt-work. With this Mummy film it comes off as a Horror theme park ride without immersive story-telling. AMERICAN MADE trailer looks extremely promising and have my fingers crossed. Tom Cruise came off looking good in films such as THE FIRM, MINORITY REPORT the first MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE film by Brian De Palma plus GHOST PROTOCOL and ROGUE NATION. Those movies had decent story-telling which a lot of blockbusters are lacking in todays market-place.

  7. The Panhalt says:

    Did you really just call this a reboot of the Brendan Frasier Mummy? While I love that movie (not the sequels), what appears to be a misinformed statement really feels like a subtle insult.

    Of course they deserve it, putting underequipped people in charge of a hopeful franchise (DC at least had surefire subject matter to rely on).

  8. Rex the Wonder Dog says:

    Ha ha ha

  9. Staying Clear of Movie Theaters 3 says:

    This weekend looks to put another notch in the box office loser belt for new films. The MUMMY might not even get to a 30 million opening after that weak $9 million Friday (12 million if you include Thursday’s numbers). It Comes At Night is looking at 8.5 million tops. And Megan Leavey is not registering in the minds of the public at all. Meanwhile also-rans Pirates of the Caribbean 5 (maybe 9.5 to 10.5 million this weekend) and Alien Covenant(1.5 million or less) will drop out of existence, far below expectations and well short of the domestic box office numbers needed to quantify a hit. And that brown spot in Captain Underpants box office is a 55% box office collapse from opening weekend.

  10. Tony says:

    Strange how a movie is a flop when it doesn’t do well in the domestic market. This movie is looking at a worldwide opening of about $130 to 140 million. Not a bad opening weekend. maybe people need to start realizing, there are a lot more movie goers worldwide than in the domestic market. Studios are seeing that. Best example: “Your Name” $4 million domestic, $394 million worldwide.

    • me says:

      The point is the movie is a flop because you want it to do well BOTH domestically and worldwide.

      • Mike says:

        It’s only a flop when it doesn’t make money in either market. Honestly I’m glad to see the The Mummy is making money after the way critics bashed it before it even screened.

  11. There IT is! says:

    Well said Sandra! Well said. And don’t forget they are still enjoying the heck out of harassing the best POTUS Americans have seen in decades.

  12. chippochippo says:

    a bot-tier comment deserves a bot-tier reply:

    lol u mad?

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