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In second place domestically was "The Mummy", a Tom Cruise vehicle meant to launch NBCUniversal Studios, Inc's effort to create a shared world of its licensed classic monsters, such as "Frankenstein", "The Wolfman" and "The Creature From The Black Lagoon". It grossed over $800 million at the box office, but the new monster movie will be beaten out by "Wonder Woman" and other similar projects.

It was a slow start for the proposed Dark Universe of monster films, with Universal Pictures' The Mummy grossing just $32.2 million from 4,035 theaters in North America.

It seems like everyone should be happy, with enough money to go around for both films, despite a disappointing domestic debut for the Dark Universe. "It's that rare water-cooler movie where we're hearing anecdotally about people going to see it three, four, five times". In the 33 worldwide markets where "The Mummy" opened between Wednesday and Thursday, the movie took in $20.5 million. The well-received "Wonder Woman" also reversed a recent trend for DC films: "Man of Steel", "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Suicide Squad" each plummeted at least 65 percent in their second weekends; "Wonder Woman" dropped just 45 percent. That total represented a whopping 82% of the film's opening weekend business. "This is a movie that I think is made for audiences and in my experience, critics and audiences don't always sing the same song".

"Wonder Woman", set during World War I, garnered a 93 percent rating on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. So, it will definitely climb to $139 million at the worldwide box office by the end of Sunday, giving The Mummy a total $169.3 million at the global box office, as per Deadline. The Mummy is an action movie that's nearly tailor-made for an global audience and Universal has seen incredible success overseas in recent years.

In third on North American screens was DreamWorks Animation's "Captain Underpants", based on the popular children's books by Dav Pilkey. The Mummy is headed for a projected foreign debut of $139 million from 63 markets, including China.

Paul Dergarabedian of comScore adds that many Hollywood tentpoles unearth most of their treasure overseas, including Depp's 2017 summer tentpole, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Variety reported that The Mummy merely made $30 million domestically, far lower than $40 million opening weekend earnings earlier this year.

"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2", $6.2 million ($2.2 million international).

  • Carolyn Briggs