All eyes were on The Mummy this weekend to see if the Tom Cruise led monster-universe feature could knock the worldwide force that is Wonder Woman from the top spot. Going into the weekend The Mummy was sitting around 23% on Rotten Tomatoes and the bad news was spreading quickly, so how did it fare?
Not so good as it turns out on this side of the pond. While it did very big numbers internationally ($142 million), The Mummy fell way short here in North America earning only an estimated $32.2 million. That’s almost $25 million shy of Wonder Woman who earned an estimated $57.2 million in it’s second week of release.
We’ll have to see how this affect’s Universal’s Dark Universe franchise going forward but I suspect the international take will be seen as a positive as it was Tom Cruise’s largest international opening to date. Bride of Frankenstein, starring Bill Condon is slated for a February 15, 2019 release date.
Wonder Woman’s second weekend drop was an astoundingly low 45%, which is an amazing hold for a superhero movie beating the 50%-60% average decline we typically see for Marvel films in their sophomore sessions. In fact, you’d have to go all the way back to 2002 and Spider-Man to see a comparable drop. Wonder Woman should stand at $205 million by Sunday which will place behind only The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises for WB/DC fare.
Women continue to lead the charge for the heroine making up a very strong 55% of the audience and considering Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad had much bigger opening weekends, for Wonder Woman to have much bigger second weekend is extremely impressive.
Rounding out the top 5 were DreamWorks Captain Underpants which brought in $12.3 million in it’s second weekend followed by Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Pirates brought in $10.7 million for a worldwide total now of over $600 million while GOTG 2 nabbed $6.2 million domestically for a worldwide gross of $833 million.
The weekends other new release, It Comes at Night was a hit with critics but not audiences as it opened out of the top 5 and earned only $6 million. The thriller starring Joel Edgerton failed to impress but with a micro-budget of around $5 million, the studio didn’t have a lot to lose.
As for next week, there are 4 wide releases chief among them is the Disney/Pixar release Cars 3. With it showing in over 3,900 theatres it should have no problem taking the #1 spot from Wonder Woman as this franchise is a hit with kids even though it’s one of Pixar’s lowest earners. Still, expect a close battle as Wonder Woman is picking up repeat viewership and is outperforming all expectations.