Box office numbers for the weekend are finally in and while Wonder Womanis again the big victor, crossing the $200 million mark in its second weekend, The Mummy is the clear loser. The Gal Gadot superhero film, directed by Patty Jenkins, has quickly earned $205 million domestically in two weeks. Directed by Trey Edward Shults (Krisha), the $5 million film stars Joel Edgerton as a man trying to protect his family from an unnatural threat, only to find his plan go awry upon the arrival of another desperate family. Tom Cruise was the poor soul in its wake and had to settle for a second place opening for "The Mummy".
The reboot of the cinematic monster from Comcast Corp.'s Universal Pictures. opened to a weak $32.2 million in the USA and Canada, according to studio estimates. But the film did significantly better overseas, with a projected $141.8 million haul in 63 other territories for a total of $174 million worldwide. The studio can certainly take solace in the fact that The Mummy awoke overseas with $141.8 million from 63 markets, Cruise's top foreign debut to date, but a film's USA performance still sets the tones for headlines. 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.
Landing in second place with a thud was The Mummy with a weak $32.2 million from 4,065 theaters.
No doubt, "Wonder Woman" is one of the major hits this summer. The film has far exceeded industry expectations and it is on par with the 2013 release of Man of Steel, in terms of box office success. (Wonder Woman is holding fast at 93% fresh.) Audiences were also equally as disappointed in Universal's new take on The Mummy, awarding it an average score of B-.
"Every movie is it's own DNA", Duncan Clark, Universal's president of worldwide distribution commented about the "Dark Universe".
Final numbers are expected Monday.
Writer-director Trey Edward Shults' "It Comes at Night" aimed for more discerning horror fans.
It Comes at Night, despite a D CinemaScore came in # 6. Falling another 52%, it finished at #4 with $10.7 million.
The $51.8 million total, topped up by $1 million of previews, was the seventh highest opening of the year.
"Confession of Murder", $2.8 million. The Marvel Studios release added $6.2 million from 2,911 screens, bringing its domestic total up to a great $366 million.