Wonder Woman Crushes The Mummy At The Box Office

"The Mummy", Universal Pictures' ambitious revival of the famous monster film, failed to scare up much of a turnout among weekend moviegoers, opening at No. 2 in North America to the Warner Bros.' hit "Wonder Woman".

The Patty Jenkins film - starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine (who coincidentally starred opposite Boutella in "Star Trek Beyond") - grossed $57.2 million, topping this weekend's domestic box office.

The reboot of the cinematic monster from Comcast Corp.'s Universal Pictures. opened to a weak $32.2 million in the US and Canada, according to studio estimates.

On the surface, the pitiful USA gross for "The Mummy" looks like the worst possible scenario for Universal in launching a franchise to go up against Marvel Studios and DC Films.

Until the rest of the Dark Universe films are released, there's The Mummy to look forward to.

His star power is strong overseas where audiences care less about Tom's public relations disasters including the famous Oprah Winfrey incident where he jumped on her couch while declaring his love for Katie Holmes.

Landing in third place in its third outing, Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales added $7.5 million, lifting its China total to $162 million. Made for US$125 million, it has been widely panned by critics. That means the global total is now up to $435.2 million, with the film having not yet opened in countries such as Germany (June 15), Spain (June 23) and Japan (August 25).

"The Mummy", $32.2 million ($141.8 million international).

But while American audiences have become less likely to rush out to his films, "The Mummy" indicated that he, and big-budget action-adventure films in general, remain particularly popular in East Asia.

The A24 thriller "It Comes at Night" aimed for more discerning horror fans. The film has far exceeded industry expectations and it is on par with the 2013 release of Man of Steel, in terms of box office success.

Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates.

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

Clinging to 10th spot, Warner Bros./Roadshow's dud King Arthur: Legend of the Sword plunged by 52 per cent to $255,000 in its fourth chapter, tallying $5.4 million. Final domestic figures will be released Monday. The budget was small at $6 million, but even there it will have trouble making a profit when marketing costs come into play.

EOne's A Dog's goal hasn't lost its bite, snaring $220,000 in its sixth lap on 104, virtually unchanged from last week, to reach $4.5 million.

  • Salvatore Jensen