The Warner Bros. and DC Comics standalone will have earned
$57.2 million from 4,165 theaters by the end of its second
weekend, putting it solidly in first place. That's only a 45%
drop from its opening weekend, giving the film an estimated $205
million domestically in two weekends.
The Gal Gadot-starrer will also make more during its second
frame than did both "Suicide Squad" and "Batman v Superman: Dawn
of Justice," despite those films having larger opening weekends
than "Wonder Woman" ($133.7 million for "Suicide Squad" and $166
million for "Batman v Superman"). Unlike those two films, Patty
Jenkins' has critical support -- a current 93% on Rotten
Universal's "The Mummy," meanwhile is counting on a strong
overseas total to make up for less impressive domestic earnings.
As of Sunday morning, the film is eyeing $32.2 million from
4,035 locations. That's a slow start for the film intended to
launch an extended universe of monster-related titles. Overseas
it looks to fare better with $141.8 million, lifting its
anticipated global take to $174 million.
"We would love to see more gross domestically," said Nick Carpou,
Universal's president of domestic distribution, who asserted
that "a lot of the attention that 'The Mummy' garnered here,
aggregated to the international total." Carpou cited the
75-foot-tall sarcophagus unveiled at the intersection of
Hollywood and Highland, and the movie's VR experience as
potential buzz generators.
Alex Kurtzman directed "The Mummy," a revival of the franchise
spawned by Universal's 1932 original and re-popularized by
Stephen Sommers' 1999 fright-fest starring Brendan Fraser, and
the three other Mummy films that followed. In the 2017 update,
Cruise plays a freelance treasure hunter who resurrects a
princess (Sofia Boutella). Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson,
Courtney B. Vance, and Russell Crowe are also in the mix.
"The Mummy" was announced as the kick-off to a "Dark Universe"
of monster movies. 2014's "Dracula Untold," it turns out, is not
canon. The studio that was built on classics including
"Dracula," "The Wolf Man," and "Frankenstein" has already slated
a "Bride of Frankenstein" movie for 2019 with half a dozen or so
others in the works.
"Every movie is it's own DNA," Duncan Clark, Universal's
president of international distribution commented about the
"Dark Universe." "It's not about which one went first." Clark
said "Bride of Frankenstein" is on deck, and there are "others
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Cruise mostly recently opened "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" to a
$22.9 million domestic opening, "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation"
to $55.5 million, and "Edge of Tomorrow" to $28.9 million. Cruise
with reunite with "Edge" director Doug Liman for Universal's
"American Made." The studio dropped the trailer for the
crime-centric action biopic on Monday, presumably a strategic move
to get audiences excited about its star.
But that couldn't save "The Mummy" from having the lowest domestic
opening of any in the recent iteration of the franchise -- 1999's
"The Mummy," ($43.3 million); 2001's "The Mummy Returns," ($68.1
million); 2002's "The Scorpion King," ($36.1 million); 2008's "The
Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," ($40.5 million).
Rotten Tomatoes was blamed for "Baywatch's" Memorial Day weekend
flop, but it wasn't enough to save two new wide releases this
weekend in A24's "It Comes At Night" and Bleecker Street's "Megan
Leavey." Both films won over the critical consensus -- "It Comes At
Night" at 86% fresh, and "Megan Leavey" at 80% -- but are lacking so
far in box office receipts. A24's horror release will scare up $6
million from 2,533, which is fine for the low price tag, but below
expectations. "Leavey," meanwhile, is earning a mere $1.9 million
from 1,956, making it a complete dud.
In limited release, "My Cousin Rachel" is tracking to break $1
million from 523 locations. And "Beatriz at Dinner" from Roadside
Attractions is gobbling up $139,000 from only five spots.
Landing in third overall, "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie"
from Fox should take in an additional $12.3 million from 3,529
locations -- that's only a 48% drop from last weekend. Disney's
"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" will sail to
fourth with an additional $10.7 million from 3,679 theaters. The
franchise's fifth starring Johnny Depp now has over $600 million
worldwide. "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" will round out the top
five for the weekend with $6.2 million from 2,911 locations. The
studio is scaling back on domestic locations for both "Pirates" and
"Guardians" by about 500 apiece.
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