Published: Tue, June 13, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Sandra Brady

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

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

'Wonder Woman" stayed at the top of the box office for a second weekend in a row on Sunday June 11 with a haul of an estimated $57 million at the domestic box office, forcing worldwide favorite "The Mummy' to make its debut at second place.

And Tom's latest film couldn't compete with Wonder Woman in its second weekend.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $136.4M which was off 2% from past year when The Conjuring 2 opened at number one with $40.4M; and down 49% from 2015 when Jurassic World debuted in the top spot with a record $208.8M. In fact, its $174 million worldwide opening makes it Cruise's biggest first weekend ever, passing the $167.4 million for War of the Worlds more than a decade ago. Not that any movie can be blamed for an ugly studio logo, but it's certainly an awkward note to start on in the context of branding what we're supposed to expect in the coming film series. Still, some critics say that this film will make up to $660 million during its theoretical run. Wonder Woman hit the theaters on last weekend and did the record breaking first-weekend box office business at the United State box office. Cruise generally relies more on box office legs, which with a 17% Rotten Tomatoes score and B- CinemaScore, this film won't have. Jake Johnson (who dies early on in the film) keeps reappearing as part of Tom Cruises mummy-induced fever dream but then Tom Cruise gets resurrection super powers and brings him back-a lot of people get brought back from the dead in this movie. The DCEU superhero movie squared off against Universal's The Mummy reboot, the first movie in the studio's Dark Universe franchise, A24's indie thriller It Comes at Night and Bleecker Street's true story adaptation Megan Leavey.

Hollywood has always been a commendable force at the box office but it has always stayed away from major Bollywood releases because at the end, audience here mostly went for their local films more. With the movie being produced under a $125 million budget, it could be profitable, but that likely depends on how it performs overseas. That drop will see it rake in an additional $57 million, a number which pushes it to its new domestic total.

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"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2", $6.2 million ($2.2 million international). The horror picture, It Comes At Night, settled for sixth place at the box office with $6 million.

The $51.8 million total, topped up by $1 million of previews, was the seventh highest opening of the year.

Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates. The action-comedy Baywatch followed with an estimated $4.6M, down 47%, for a new total of $51.1M for Paramount.

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