'Wonder Woman' buries 'The Mummy' at box office

Calvin Saunders
June 13, 2017

But before we get to the undead, "Wonder Woman" easily dominated the domestic box office yet again this week, bringing in an estimated $57 million in its second weekend out.

The Mummy did a sickly $32.2 million in North America for its opening weekend, according to estimates provided by ComScore, but its overseas haul of $141 million is one of Cruise's best ever.

Sorry, Tom Cruise! Your movie was no match for the smash hit Wonder Woman. Does this mean Fraser's Rick O'Connell exists in the new Mummy universe?

But critics slammed the film, directed by Alex Kurtzman; it has a dismal 17 percent "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. "Kudos to the filmmakers".

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Have some fun, see a movie this weekend. Tom Cruise starred in the latest update of the property, with Sofia Boutella in the title role of the mummy. "Unfortunately in the US, the critical acclaim wasn't there to the degree that people use that as a guidepost". It sold a modest $6 million in tickets in its debut weekend.

So far, the inspirational "Wonder Woman" - with its underlying message of the power of hope and love separating it from the derisively labeled "murderverse" of the other DC movies - comes closest to the lighter fare of the 15 linked Marvel Cinematic Universe movies owned by Disney. 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. The Mummy is an action movie that's nearly tailor-made for an global audience and Universal has seen incredible success overseas in recent years. Despite critical praise (it boasts the best Rotten Tomatoes rating to date among recent DC releases, nearly higher than Batman v Superman, Man of Steel and Suicide Squad combined), it is the lowest earner.

In fact, Universal has a few things that the MCU and the DCEU didn't have at the start; lots and lots big name talent. The $200 million sequel has earned $366.3 million domestically and $461.9 million overseas, pushing its worldwide total up to $828.2 million.

Rather than constructing a film that offers up jumps, thrills "n" spills, Kurtzman has made a film that doesn't really seem to know what it wants to be - is it a horror, an action-adventure or a glib and knowing piece of blockbuster fluff? "Leavey", meanwhile, is earning a mere $1.9 million from 1,956, making it a complete dud.

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