Riding a wave of strong reviews and massive fanfare, Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman kept rival Universal’s new entry The Mummy in its tomb. WW dipped just 43% and lassoed $58.2 million in its sophomore frame at the US box office. This basically roped up The Mummy’s mainstream action movie fan base and left the Tom Cruise led reboot with just $32.2 million and an uncomfortable second place in North America. Overseas numbers were much stronger but it looks like Mummy won’t be living up to Universal’s expectations at home.
Breaking completely from the previous series that began in 1999 and starred Brendan Frasier, 2017’s The Mummy takes place in modern times and has an entirely new cast of heroes, villains and various cohorts. Cruise plays an American soldier of fortune named Nick Morton who discovers the tomb of an ancient Egyptian princess named Ahmanet. She curses the tomb raiders and while en route to London their plane is taken down by a flock of crows, killing everyone onboard besides Cruise’s character who has been possessed by evil spirits and his girlfriend, an archaeologist played by Annabelle Wallis. Now in the UK, the resurrected mummy starts to wreak havoc as she attempts to resurrect Set, the Egyptian God of the dead.
Harsh reviews and a B- Cinemascore will continue to stifle The Mummy at home but overseas audiences have been more receptive so far. It beat Wonder Woman to the top spot on the international charts with foreign plays worth $142 million. China was its biggest market with a substantial $52.2 million launch, followed by South Korea where the film took advantage of a national holiday and closed the week on $17.8 million after an early Tuesday launch. Next came Russia at $7.6 million, followed by Mexico at $5.1 million. With a global cumulative launch of $174 million The Mummy is the biggest ever start for star Tom Cruise and despite its home market failings bodes relatively well for the studio’s planned Hollywood monster focused Dark Universe.
Going back to the US chart, Gal Gadot’s second outing in her Wonder Woman robes netted a sizable $58.2 million, the third biggest ever for the DC comics universe behind the two Dark Knight films. Audiences were kept interested by strong word of mouth reflected by its A Cinemascore and near completely positive critical reviews. Women made up 55% of the audiences, up slightly from last weekend’s 53%. On the international circuit WW made another $58.1 million. It held onto the top spot in France, Australia, and Brazil and reached $68.4 million in China. Overall international sales have now reached $230.2 million, while the combined global figure sits at $437.2 million.
Domestic newcomer It Comes at Night got caught between these two giants and made only $6 million in its North American opening. A24 would have hoped that a good series of reviews would have pushed it further but critical buzz was outdone by very low audience ratings. Cinemascore reported a dismal D grade.
Also on the domestic front new entry Megan Leavey, about a female K9 handler in Iraq played by Kate Mara opened higher than expected with $3.8 million in 1,956 theatres. Bleecker Street, who acquired the film from Liddel Entertainment in January, is responsible for distribution.
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