'Wonder Woman' soars in its second weekend as 'The Mummy' staggers

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That couldn't compete with Warner Bros.' "Wonder Woman" in its second weekend. With many of this summer's offerings being disappointing critically, audiences have flocked to the well-received DC Extended Universe installment to support it.

Even applying a 1.5 multiplier to the production budget for The Mummy ($187.5 million) would place the film close to break-even at the end of its first week with $174 million grossed thus far.

Universal's "The Mummy" looked it age, selling a relatively feeble $32.2 million in tickets in its debut weekend. Universal Pictures had high hopes for the 2017 release of The Mummy which was supposed to kick off the new horror movie franchise, "Dark Universe", with a bang. She killed her father, his wife, and her little brother, and was set to sacrifice her "chosen" man to become a vessel for Set on Earth so they could rule together. Because of the date-and-date opening, number of territories, and number of screens, of course, it will be Cruise's largest worldwide opening. "Wonder Woman" retained the top spot, collecting an impressive $57.2 million. According to Deadline's figures, The Mummy is scraping through with just $31.5 million in the US. On that front, it's in decent shape. The foreign markets alone may not be enough to salvage it, especially since it's already opened in most of the world. What ensues is a mash up of mummy tropes, often interchangeable with zombie shenanigans, but having zero comedic payoffs, and even devoid of set pieces worth mentioning, much less zombies.

"I think that variety is going to be our good friend when it comes to the evolution of Dark Universe".

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Coming in at #3 was Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, which was off 48% in its second weekend to $12.3 million. "Leavey", meanwhile, is earning a mere $1.9 million from 1,956, making it a complete dud. That is about 20 minutes shorter than "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales", about which I had some unkind things to say a couple of weeks ago. Fate of the Furious, the most recent installment in the Fast and Furious franchise, made nearly $225 million domestically but more than $1 billion internationally. Salma Hayek stars as a Mexican massage therapist whose vehicle troubles force her to attend her clients' (played by Connie Britton and David Warshofsky) dinner party, which is also attended by their wealthy friends with more elitist views. Marvel's newest blockbuster keeps chugging along and brought in $6.2 million to raise is Stateside haul to $366.3 million.

China led the charge with a spectacular $52.2 million launch, followed by South Korea with $17.8 million, Russian Federation with $7.8 million, Mexico with $5.1 million, and Taiwan with $4.9 million. It cost $230 million to make.

After the box office successes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, every Hollywood studio wants a universe. Ridley Scott's latest has now made $71.2 million in its domestic run.

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