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

Posted June 13, 2017

"Wonder Woman" has an A on CinemaScore and a 93 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

During its first weekend in theaters, the Tom Cruise monster movie debuted at No. 2, earning a tepid $32 million in North American grosses.

With this weekend's grosses, Universal has reached $3 billion at the worldwide box office, and $2 billion at the global box office - both milestones in record time for the studio. The estimates for a new monster movie were downgraded from $50 million to $34 million, while "The Mummy" has been developed with a budget of $125 million (excluding the marketing costs). Ahead of its worldwide release, the movie saw a record-breaking opening in South Korea minting $6.6 million.

Universal nevertheless has big plans for its Dark Universe, with more editions already in various stages of development. His star power now shines brightest overseas, where audiences have been more forgiving of the actor's baggage.

It seems like everyone should be happy, with enough money to go around for both films, despite a disappointing domestic debut for the Dark Universe. Next up on its release calendar is "Bride of Frankenstein" in February 2019.

The Mummy is in theaters now.

"The array of titles available for us and the talent we have coming on board for the ones coming up, they all have to operate as an individual title", said Clark.

And whilst Nick is still billed as the protagonist of the movie, Tom recently said there are a lot of "grey areas" in his character which present him as an anti-hero. Made for $149 million and directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, Ewen Bremner, Saïd Taghmaoui, Elena Anaya, Connie Nielsen and Lucy Davis.

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Executives at Universal insist that the Dark Universe - the studio's answer to Marvel and DC's superhero cinematic universes - does not rest on the success or failure of The Mummy, which was decimated by critics for turning an epic and sometimes campy tale into a modern-day action pic. "It's worth pursuing because the creative possibilities are endless".

Lesson learned: Fear the walking dead. His thriller, one of the widest openings yet for "Moonlight" distributor A24, sold a modest $6 million in tickets.

The box-office reign of "Wonder Woman" is all but certain to end next weekend when Pixar's "Cars 3" opens. It scored $17.5 million on Friday, followed by $19.1 million and $13.9 million on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, according to data from Ent Group.

The final two films in this week's top ten include the latest entry to the Alien saga, Alien: Covenant with $1.8 million (bring its four-week total to an underwhelming $71.2 million) and Everything, Everything which brought in an additional $1.6 million to boost its four-week total to $31.7 million.

With The Mummy's limp start, the door was left wide open for Wonder Woman to hold the number one spot.

Different weekend, similar story: "Wonder Woman" is box office royalty. Worldwide grosses for the James Gunn feature is $462 million.

The $51.8 million total, topped up by $1 million of previews, was the seventh highest opening of the year. With a performance that weakened over its opening weekend, it scraped 4.30 million for fifth place.

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