'Wonder Woman' buries 'The Mummy' at box office

Lucy Hill
June 14, 2017

"The Mummy" unravels at the United States and United Kingdom box office in a blow for Cruise.

Fox's PG animated superhero movie "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie" landed in third place with an estimated 12.3 million dollars in its second weekend in North America.

IF ONLY Tom Cruise had a cape, cowl or shield.

The Alex Kurtzman directed film had a dismal 17% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes and the audience score wasn't much better.

During its first weekend in theaters, the Tom Cruise monster movie debuted at No. 2, earning a tepid $32 million in North American grosses.

With The Mummy's limp start, the door was left wide open for Wonder Woman to hold the number one spot.

The film's safety net is the global box office: "The Mummy", which has a reported production budget of $125 million, grossed an additional $141.8 million overseas.

But while Wonder Woman had yet another successful weekend, the same can't be said for Universal Pictures' The Mummy.

The film received the quite decent opening at the box office, the film grossed Rs. 3.50 crores on the very first day of release. "Beauty and the Beast" director Bill Condon is set to helm "Bride of Frankenstein".

The Mummy is now playing in theaters worldwide.

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Universal has grown enormous franchises from humble beginnings before, most notably with the now dominant and never-ending "Fast and the Furious" movies. Taking more than $230 from the worldwide box office so far, Wonder Woman has a current global tally of more than $435 million. Lessons are learned from every movie. Made for US$125 million, it has been widely panned by critics.

Starring Kim Ok-bin as a Korean-Chinese killer, the action-packed movie unfolds as she gets a second lease on life after the South Korean Intelligence agency recruits her to be a sleeper agent. It cost a staggering $149 million to make the film, but the cash seems to have been well invested. The movie couldn't dislodge Wonder Woman from the top slot on its opening weekend, and in fact, fell some distance short.

Following are the estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at USA and Canadian cinemas, according to comScore. Where available, the latest worldwide numbers also are included.

Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) and Princess Diana (Gal Gadot) team up during World War I in "Wonder Woman". "Leavey", meanwhile, is earning a mere $1.9 million from 1,956, making it a complete dud.

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tells", $10.7 million ($34.8 million international). Disney and Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" finished fifth with an estimated 6.2 million USA dollars in its sixth weekend.

"It Comes at Night", $6 million.

In limited release, "My Cousin Rachel" is tracking to break $1 million from 523 locations.

While "Batman Begins" and the first "Spider-Man" movie were both meant to kick off a series of films, in both cases the movies wait until they've told an intriguing story before setting up a sequel.

"How Are You", $4.2 million.

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