'Wonder Woman' buries 'The Mummy' with $57.2M at weekend box office

Isaac Cain
June 13, 2017

Following her spectacular debut last week, Wonder Woman has retained the top spot at the United States box office with an estimated $57 million.

Universal's, a unit of Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise, opened to $32.2-M domestically from 4,035 theaters, a slow start for a Summer event film.

Bringing in $57 million this weekend at the domestic box office in its second week, the film has now repeated as the reigning champ.

The strong second-weekend turn-out helps to boost the domestic takings of the Patty Jenkins movie to $205 million (£161 million) to date.

Variety said "The Mummy" debut was on pace to make $32.2 million domestically and the studio hopes to recoup the low take in the United States in markets overseas.

It was a bumpy weekend for Universal's launch of its Dark Universe series of horror-ish movies, as the new take on The Mummy fizzled out a little at the American box office.

"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 worldwide total".

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, from the standalone movies like "Iron Man" and "Ant-Man" to the bigger adventures like "The Avengers", all end with a scene (sometimes multiple) that teases what's coming next. The worst Tom Cruise film ever" while Firstpost mentioned "This Tom Cruise-starrer neither scares, thrills nor entertains.' Despite all that, the film is doing better than the Hindi releases which means it is definitely the star power of Cruise and the fascination for the franchise that got people to prefer it more than the rest. Johnny Depp is already signed up to play the Invisible Man, as is Javier Bardem to play Frankenstein's Monster. A film can't just seem like another link on the movie chain, a lesson modern Hollywood seems incapable of learning. With the movie being produced under a $125 million budget, it could be profitable, but that likely depends on how it performs overseas.

Overseas, it took in another $58.1-M for a foreign take of $230-M and $435-M globally.

The movie did well at the overseas box-office, earning over 141.8 million Dollars from 63 markets. 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.

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Fox's PG animated superhero movie "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie" landed in third place with an estimated 12.3 million dollars in its second weekend in North America.

In seventh is Baywatch with $4.6 million.

"Beauty and the Beast", $2.9 million.

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