Friday, April 19, 2024

“The Mummy” Unravels at Box Office: Tom Cruise Version Well Below Brendan Fraser’s Three Episodes


Brendan Fraser, come back! All is forgiven.

Between 1999 and 2008, Fraser starred in three “Mummy” movies for Universal Pictures. All of them did considerably better than Tom Cruise’s version, which opened Friday night after Thursday previews.

To wit: “The Mummy” 1999 opened with $43 million weekend. The opening night took in $14.5 million.

“The Mummy Returns” 2001 had a $68 million weekend. Opening night: $23 million.

“The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” 2008 launched with $40 million, and $15 million opening night.

Now Cruise’s chapter arrives with a $12 million opening night, eyeing a $29-31 million weekend.

Two things come to mind: Universal waited too long on that third “Mummy” Movie with Fraser. Why was there a seven year gap? They lost their own momentum. And also, Fraser should have made some kind of appearance in the new movie. A hand off would given the movie a nice PR hook.

As it is, this “Mummy” will be Cruise’s second worst opening ever, following his absolute worst– last year’s “Jack Reacher: No One Gives a Damn.”

Lesson learned: Fear the walking dead.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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