Weekend Box Office: WONDER WOMAN Soars While THE MUMMY Snores
Wonder Woman continues her winning streak to take first place at the box office this weekend, earning an estimated $57,180,000, which is only a 44.6% drop from last weekend. To put that into perspective, both Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman fell over 67% in their second weekend. Wonder Woman has now scored more than $205 million in just 10 days of release. Expect Gal Gadot's superheroine to make more than $300 million in the US when it finally leaves theaters.
On the opposite end of the spectrum lies the decrepit remains of The Mummy, which should have stayed buried based on its box office returns. Tom Cruise couldn't run past $32,246,120, which is not enough for this $125 million dollar film. The Mummy will possibly break even when you factor in its international box office, as Tom Cruise is still a huge star overseas. Whether this tepid box office performance stalls the intended Dark Universe connected series of monster films is uncertain. What IS certain is that The Mummy will not top $100 million in the US.
I don't believe The Mummy's poor performance is based on Tom Cruise; the script was half-baked, the direction aimless, and the focus was for future franchise films as opposed to trying to make a coherent single film. Tom Cruise has a pretty decent track record for choosing good films, and his next movie, American Made, looks great. I think he'll walk away from this monster bomb relatively unscathed.
It Comes At Night didn't crack the top five, scoring $6,000,788 for sixth place. The movie reviews have been good, but the movie has not fared well with audiences. It's my understanding that the movie trailers sold a full-blown horror movie, when the film is really a quiet, self-reflective post-apocalyptic film with no jump scares. Perhaps audiences would have been more kind to It Comes At Night if the marketing was more honest.
The top 5 results for the weekend are below.
- Wonder Woman - $57,180,000
- The Mummy - $32,246,120
- Captain Underpants - $12,300,000
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - $10,713,000
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - $6,242,000