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The Mummy reboot stutters on US debut as Wonder Woman remains on top

The Mummy

Story by Jack Foley

TOM Cruise’s The Mummy has got off to a lacklustre start at the US box office, taking only $32.2 million to place behind superhero holdover Wonder Woman.

The figure will deal something of a blow to Universal, who were hoping to use the reboot to create a new Dark Universe comprised of classic monsters from its back catalogue.

Directed by Alex Kurtzman, the story follows an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella) who is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, threatening mankind. Cruise plays the adventurer who discovers the tomb, and who subsequently faces a battle for his soul.

The film cost $125 million to make after tax rebates and also stars Russell Crowe as Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

If the US start was disappointing, however, the film did fare much better overseas, where Cruise in particular has enjoyed better box office success in recent years.

Internationally, the film took $141.8 million from 63 markets, to mark Cruise’s best international opening. With such stark contrasts between its US and international performance, The Mummy‘s ultimate financial standing will largely depend on its foreign showing.

All told, the film opened No. 1 in 46 markets, with China leading the way with $52.2 million.

Commenting on the film’s fluctuating performance, Universal domestic distribution president Nick Carpou said: “Kudos to the filmmakers. I myself have seen the movie five times. And kudos to the cast, especially Tom Cruise. Unfortunately in the US, the critical acclaim wasn’t there to the degree that people use that as a guidepost.”

If The Mummy struggled to attract as big an audience in the US as had been hoped for, then DC’s Wonder Woman continued to go great guns, retaining top spot for a second weekend and falling only 45% to $57.2 million – one of the lowest drops ever for a superhero title.

The Patty Jenkins-directed film jumped the $200 million mark in the US on Sunday, its tenth day of release. Overseas, it took in another $58.1 million for a foreign tally of $230 million and a global haul of $435 million.

Elsewhere in the US, Captain Underpants, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 rounded out the top five.

In its second weekend, DreamWorks Animation’s Captain Underpants took $12.3 million for a US total of $44.6 million, while Pirates 5 jumped the $600 million mark globally, earning $10.7 million in the US and $38.4 million overseas. The movie has earned far more internationally than in the US, with $464.4 million contributing to its healthy total.

Fellow Disney release Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 rounded out the top five with $6.2 million in the US, for a worldwide tally of $833.2 million.

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