Wonder Woman defends its North American box office title

Elizabeth Williams
June 13, 2017

Tom Cruise's "The Mummy" was buried at the USA box office this weekend by 'Wonder Woman, ' but looked more alive overseas thanks to a strong start in China. That's been the trend of late anyway, but Wonder Woman broke big last weekend and closed the weekend with a respectable $103 million.

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. Seeing as it's the first in a franchise of monster movies known as Dark Universe, you'd assume Universal would want to tease that out. "And kudos to the cast, especially Tom Cruise", said Universal domestic distribution president Nick Carpou of "The Mummy". It brought in $174 million globally, which is Cruise's biggest worldwide opening weekend ever.

The North American opening for The Mummy had a weak start and its domestic revenue didn't cover the production costs. That's a slow start for the film meant to launch an extended universe of monster-related titles. Its second week drop was much smaller than previous films in the DC Extended Universe.

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Wonder Woman maintains its Number 1 spot in the second week, while The Mummy Reboot manages to survive. As it turned out, the movie earned an estimated $32.2 million, underperforming against its own lowered expectations.

"Wonder Woman" easily bested the domestic debut of "The Mummy", the kickoff of Universal's "Dark Universe" series of revived classic monster-movie villains. "Unfortunately in the US, the critical acclaim wasn't there to the degree that people use that as a guidepost". Two Jack Reachers, Oblivion, Rock of Ages and the sorely underrated Edge of Tomorrow failed to make an impact at the USA box office. Even The Scorpion King spin-off clocked up $36 million on launch weekend in 2002. "I$3 n order to make the movie unpredictable I loved the idea that suddenly his control over the situation would be taken away from him ..." Beauty and The Beast director will take on the role of director for the Bride Of Frankenstein. The other super hero film in the top ten (sorry Captain Underpants), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 finished in fifth place with $6.2 million, bringing its six-week total to $366.4 million.

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