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

12 June 2017, 07:48 | Bernice Figueroa

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

Studios catch monstrous case of franchise fever

"Wonder Woman" brought in $57.2 million, leading for a second week.

(L-R) Tom Cruise and Alex Kurtzman on the set of "The Mummy". So don't think for a moment that the new monster movie's dollar shortage in North America is going to put the slightest dent in Cruise's career, but the jury is still out on whether or not we ever see this Dark Universe happen at the scale - and success - Universal wishes. They even hired big name actors, with Tom Cruise being one of them. Only getting a 17% on Rotten Tomatoes didn't help so much either compared to the stellar reviews "Wonder Woman" has rightfully earned.

Debuting in a disappointing second place is The Mummy (read our review) with $32.2 million - a figure below the expectations heading into Friday.

ComScore/Screen Engine PostTrak audience polls show women continue to lead the charge into "Wonder Woman" screenings at 55 percent. This brings the DC Comics superhero movie to a total domestic take of $205 million in its first two weeks and a global total of $435 million, according to box office numbers in The Hollywood Reporter. For all the rah-rah that Universal will emote tomorrow about The Mummy being Cruise's biggest global opening at $169.3M and that the movie was tailored for an overseas crowd, make no mistake, this is an upsetting start for their Dark Universe series stateside.

All in all, The Mummy is a popcorn flick that is a huge advertisement for the Dark Universe franchise. The movie - which stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, and Dave Bautista as the namesake band of space heroes - has now earned an estimated $365 million domestically and $461.9 million internationally.

So, while it may have stumbled a bit in North America, it seems to be going over better in worldwide markets and should be able to make enough money back to justify pushing ahead with the Dark Universe. Also in the works is Johnny Depp as The Invisible Man and Javier Bardem as Frankenstein. "Beauty and the Beast" director Bill Condon is set to helm "Bride of Frankenstein". "And kudos to the cast, especially Tom Cruise", said Universal domestic distribution president Nick Carpou of "The Mummy".

"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. While most critics are not loving the movie, some say that though it's a misstep, they're actually looking forward to the other movies in the Dark Universe.

Universal has grown enormous franchises from humble beginnings before, most notably with the now dominant and never-ending "Fast and the Furious" movies.

Well it's a better sophomore weekend than "Suicide Squad", "Man of Steel" and "Batman v Superman", all of which made significantly more money on their opening weekends than the Amazon princess.

Watching Tom Cruise's Nick Morton character goof his way through another bloodless action-adventure cloaked in a horror package - hello, Stephen Sommers' Mummy films and Van Helsing - is not what fans of these classic monsters signed up for. There's no dressing up the fact that this is well below what Universal had been hoping for, and it's not the start their ambitious shared universe needed.

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