NEW YORK (AP):
Tom Cruise was no match for Wonder Woman.
Warner Bros’ Wonder Woman wrapped up Cruise’s The Mummy at the weekend box office, pulling in an estiated US$57.2 million in North American cinemas, according to studio estimates Sunday. Universal’s The Mummy looked its age, selling a relatively feeble US$32.2 million in tickets in its debut weekend.
That couldn’t compete with Wonder Woman in its second weekend. The Gal Gadot superhero film, directed by Patty Jenkins, has quickly earned US$205 million domestically in two weeks
Critics slammed The Mummy , directed by Alex Kurtzman. It has a dismal 17 per cent “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences agreed, giving it a a B-minus CinemaScore.
The success of Wonder Woman – now with US$435 million globally – also points to a Warner Bros pivoting after a poor response to previous DC Comics releases ( Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman ).
Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore, said The Mummy opening showed the challenge of launching a franchise with North American audiences, who are more deterred by bad reviews.
Writer-director Trey Edward Shults’ It Comes at Night aimed for more discerning horror fans. His thriller sold a modest
US$6 million in tickets.
The box-office reign of Wonder Woman is all but certain to end next weekend when Pixar’s Cars 3 opens.
Following are the estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian cinemas, according to comScore.
1. Wonder Woman , US$57.2 million (US$58.1 million international).
2. The Mummy, US$32.2 million (US$141.8 million international).
3. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, US$12.3 million (US$1.7 million international).
4. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tells (US$10.7 million ($34.8 million international).
5. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 , US$6.2 million (US$2.2 million international).
6. It Comes at Night , US$6 million.
7. Baywatch , $4.6 million ($10.7 million international).
8. Megan Leavey , US$3.8 million.
9. Alien: Covenant , US$1.8 million (US$1.6 million international).
10. Everything, Everything , US$1.6 million.