'Wonder Woman' trounces an underperforming 'The Mummy'


It was a wonderful weekend indeed for Wonder Woman, as the fourth film in Warner Bros.’ DC franchise dropped a mere 45% for a $57.1 million second weekend haul. That’s by far the lowest second weekend drop of the DCU so far, as Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad all landed in the mid to high sixties. So far, Wonder Woman has earned $205 million domestically, rocketing it past The LEGO Batman Movie to become the fifth highest-grossing film of 2017 to date. It will easily pass third and fourth place finishers Logan ($226.2 million) and The Fate of the Furious ($224.5 million), though Beauty and the Beast ($502.8 million) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($366.3 million) will prove more challenging. Internationally, Wonder Woman has brought in $230.2 million, bringing its worldwide gross to $435.2 million after ten days.

Good news for Wonder Woman spells bad news for new release The Mummy, which underperformed in a big way. Hamstrung by—or should I say "wrapped up in," hardee har har—overwhelmingly negative reviews and a B- CinemaScore, the first film in Universal’s new Dark Universe franchise earned a mere $32.2 million against a $125 million budget. Tom Cruise’s star power came through in international markets, however, where The Mummy brought in $141.8 million across 63 markets. That makes The Mummy the largest worldwide opening of Cruise’s career.

The rest of the top five belongs to holdovers: Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (weekend gross $12.3 million, total gross $44.5 million), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (weekend gross $10.7 million, total gross $135.8 million) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (weekend gross $6.2 million, total gross $366.3 million). Coming in just under the wire with $6 million is A24’s It Comes at Night. The horror indie was a hit with critics but not so much with audience members, who gifted it with a rare D CinemaScore. Still, It Comes at Night was an inexpensive film to make, with a budget of only $5 million, so no one should be getting a pink slip quite yet.

Bringing up the rear among new releases is Bleecker Street’s Megan Leavey, which earned a respectable $3.7 million on just shy of 2,000 screens. Fox Searchlight’s My Cousin Rachel ($954,000) got a moderate 523-screen opening, which netted it a less-than-moderate $1,824 per-theatre average.

The weekend’s highest per-theatre average went to new release Beatriz at Dinner, which earned $150,150 on five screens. Also out in specialty release were The Hero ($48,414 on four screens), Miles ($5,176 on two screens) and Night School ($1,600 on a single screen).