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'The Mummy' awkwardly stumbles into Dark Universe

13 Juin 2017

Wonder Woman has easily buried The Mummy to land a second week atop the North American box office.

Despite a poor critical reception and a mixed audience reaction, the Dark Universe launching pad performed as expected overseas, earning over $141.8 million from 63 territories, which, combined with its subpar domestic haul of $32.2 million, will give it a massive worldwide opening of $174 million, the largest global opening for a Tom Cruise film ever.

With US$57.2 million (RM243.96 million) in ticket sales for the three-day weekend, according to industry estimates, Wonder Woman has taken in a total US$205 million in its first two weeks, elevating it to what Variety.com dubbedbox office royalty. It is far from a monstrous start for a summer event film that cost $125 million to produce before a major marketing spend. Its US$141.8 million worldwide launch made it the largest opening ever for a Cruise film, Boxofficemojo.com reports. Cruise stars as Navy Seal Tyler Colt in the Mummy reboot, the first film in Universal Studios' Dark Universe movie series. His star power now shines brightest overseas, where audiences have been more forgiving of the actor's baggage. The 45% drop for Wonder Woman this weekend was smaller than fellow DC Universe flicks Man of Steel (65%), Batman V Superman (69%) and Suicide Squad (67%).

In The Mummy, Cruise is joined by a cast including Annabelle Wallis (upcoming King Arthur, television's Peaky Blinders), Jake Johnson (Jurassic World), Courtney B. Vance (TV's American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson) and Oscar victor Russell Crowe (Gladiator).

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With a 20% rating on Rotten Tomatoes going into the weekend (it's now at 17%), "The Mummy" was going to be DOA domestically by Sunday, and Universal would have to hope for a strong outing overseas to save face.

To wit: "The Mummy" 1999 opened with $43 million weekend. And The Mummy Returns' $68 million.

Elsewhere at the box office, the animated Captain Underpants came in third with $12.3 million while the horror movie It Comes At Night grossed $5.7 million. Meanwhile, the Kate Mara vehicle Megan Leavey managed to earn $3.8 million on just under 2,000 screens, which was good enough for eighth place.

The second installment for Guardians of the Galaxy has had a really impressive box office run now with $366 million domestic and $828 million worldwide.