Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Box Office: “Wonder Woman” Puts “The Mummy” in Its Grave With $57 Mil vs. $32 Mil


“Wonder Woman” weekend 2 was a phenom, with $57 million– astonishing. It’s an over the top hit, that’s for sure, and keeps growing.

But the poor “Mummy.” The weekend take was $32 million– maybe a little less. That’s way short of Brendan Fraser’s “Mummy” movies.

But for Tom Cruise, it’s not that bad. Aside from “Mission Impossible,” Cruise is not a big opener and not a big total grosser. His opening weekends for non “MI” movies range from $22 mil to $37 million. This one is right in the middle.

As for what happens to it going forward– not much. Cruise barely gets to $100 million, and that’s rare. The studio held “Edge of Tomorrow” in theaters ’til it dripped out its last customer so they could pass $100 million. But at that point you’re wasting money holding the theater, the print, the ads. “The Mummy” may go $75 million.

A sequel? Well they made a “Jack Reacher” sequel to a movie no one liked much, and look what happened. “The Mummy” should stay buried.

Roger Friedman
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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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