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Tom Cruise and The Mummy lost out to Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman

June 13th, 2017 | by Manisha Surange
Tom Cruise and The Mummy lost out to Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman

Tom Cruise was unable to match up to Wonder Woman. Warner Bros’ Wonder Woman overpowered Tom Cruise’s The Mummy at the weekend box office, creating an estimated $57.2 million in North American theaters, according to studio estimates Sunday. Universal’s The Mummy seemed weak, collecting a relatively feeble $32.2 million in tickets in its debut weekend. The film couldn’t compete with Wonder Woman in its second weekend. The Gal Gadot superhero movie, directed by Patty Jenkins, has quickly earned $205 million domestically in two weeks.

The poor North American opening for The Mummy, which cost an estimated $125 million to produce, meant a weak start for Universal’s ballyhooed Dark Universe. The Mummy is set to launch a new, Marvel-style connected franchise that features many of the well-known monster characters including Frankenstein, Dracula and The Invisible Man from the studio’s vaults.

Universal could still witness to strong ticket sales internationally, where The Mummy collected $141.8 million in 63 territories, including $52.2 million in China. According to Universal, it’s the biggest worldwide opening for Tom Cruise. He is popular and shines brightest overseas, where audiences have been accepting the actor’s film. But critics have criticized the story. Directed by Alex Kurtzman; the film has a dismal 17 percent “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences agreed, giving The Mummy a B-minus CinemaScore.

The success of Wonder Woman, now with $435 million globally, also points to a studio (Warner Bros.) pivoting after a poor response to previous DC Comics releases.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore, said The Mummy opening showed the challenge of launching a franchise with North American audiences, who are more deterred by bad reviews. “The Dark Universe has to start somewhere,” said Dergarabedian. “It’s worth pursuing because the creative possibilities are endless. Lessons are learned from every movie. I don’t think this debut in North America should deter them from moving forward.” The box-office reign of Wonder Woman is all but certain to end next weekend when Pixar’s Cars 3 opens.

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