Wonder Woman Ties Up Mummy

Wonder Woman crouches in WW I battle.

Well, that’s a wrap.

Never mind that Universal Pictures spent an estimated $125 million to make The Mummy. Or that it hired ageless action hero Tom Cruise to star in it. Or that it hopes to spin the movie into a superhero-like franchise populated with classic movie monsters.

None of that mattered a whit to Wonder Woman. Her film clobbered the Universal flick and sent it crying home to … well, you know.

For the second straight weekend, Wonder Woman ruled the box office, collecting an estimated $57.2 million. That pushes the film’s North American total to more than $205 million—the fifth movie this year to clear more than $200 million. Internationally, Diana Prince’s big-screen debut is playing strongly as well, adding another $230 million total thus far to the flick’s bottom line (and it hasn’t even opened in Japan, Germany and Spain yet).

If The Mummy’s overlords over at Universal were tied up with a golden, truth-compelling lasso, I’m sure they’d admit to being disappointed by their film’s rather shambling American debut. The monster movie earned $32.2 million—less than any of the Brendan Frasier-helmed Mummy movies debuted with back in the day. (Even the rather abysmal The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor earned $40.5 million over its first weekend in 2008.) If we looked just at the film’s North American gross, we’d deduce that The Mummy is decaying rapidly, and the franchise it’s intended to jump start is perhaps already dead and buried.

But while American audiences greeted Tom Cruise’s new flick with a yawn, the rest of the world just threw money at it. The Mummy earned $141.8 million overseas—more than four times what it collected stateside—making it Cruise’s biggest international debut ever. Looks like Universal’s “Dark Universe” still has a little life in those undead legs after all.

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie had a less-than-epic second week, banking $12.3 million for third place. Two Disney sequels, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, finished fourth and fifth, respectively, with Pirates earning $10.7 million and Guardians collecting another $6.2 mil.

Those performances pushed a trio of newcomers down the standings. It Comes at Night, a psychological horror thriller, finished No. 6 with $6 million. Megan Leavey, the story of a military dog and his handler, clocked in at No. 8 with $3.8 million. And My Cousin Rachel, about a coy, calculating cousin named Rachel, finished 11th with less than $1 million.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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