Weekend box office: The Mummy can’t escape Wonder Woman
The story this week will be how poorly THE MUMMY performed at the weekend box office and whether or not Universal’s plan for a Dark Universe are going to be scrapped. It’s a legitimate question, but the thing to keep in mind when talking about THE MUMMY is that it has cleaned up overseas to the tune of $170 million, which is Cruise’s largest international opening. Tom Cruise’s star power might be fading in the United States, but it’s only getting bigger everywhere else in the world. But the execs at Universal will have to figure out why THE MUMMY struggled and the hard truth might be that people don’t care about classic monsters anymore. So Universal can either keep the budgets for their future monster movies in check, or just accept that they’ll have to make their money overseas. The other new movie of the weekend was the horror movie IT COMES AT NIGHT (click the link to read our review), which came in fifth place.
Next week will belong to CARS 3. I know many of you reading this will roll your eyes at Pixar squeezing the life from a franchise that never should have even gotten a sequel, but I have to admit I’m pretty excited about it. Granted, my two young boys have a lot to do with that, but it actually looks like a nice turnaround for Pixar after CARS 2 and there’s definitely a market for another movie about talking cars. But if you don’t have little boys or need something more “adult”, then ROUGH NIGHT might be more your speed. The raunchy comedy with Scarlett Johansson has some terrible trailers, but it has the advantage of not competing with any other R-rated comedies, so it might overperform. But the movie to keep an eye on is the Tupac Shakur biopic, ALL EYEZ ON ME. It has a B-movie vibe to it, but never underestimate the appeal of Tupac. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.
1. Wonder Woman $52.8m
2. The Mummy $30.5m
3. Captain Underpants $12.6m
4. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales $10.4m
5. It Comes at Night $6.2m
6. Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 $6m
7. Baywatch $4.2m
8. Megan Leavey $3.8m
9. Alien: Covenant $1.6m
10. Everything, Everything $1.6m