As one shared universe continued to perform well at the box office this weekend, another one came stumbling out the gates and failed to leave a lasting impression.
Coming in first once again is Wonder Woman, which made $57.1 million in its second weekend. That’s only a 44.6 percent decrease from its opening frame – a very strong hold that illustrates how far positive word-of-mouth can carry a film. With many of this summer’s offerings being disappointing critically, audiences have flocked to the well-received DC Extended Universe installment to support it. To date, the movie has brought in $205 million domestically and is already the fifth-highest grossing film of the year in the States. Family film Cars 3 may knock Wonder Woman off the top spot next weekend, but it still has a couple more strong weeks left in it.
Debuting in a disappointing second place is The Mummy (read our review) with $32.2 million – a figure below the expectations heading into Friday. Universal had positioned the reboot as the first entry in their planned Dark Universe franchise, which combines several of the studio’s classic monster characters. At least Stateside, it did not get off to the start they envisioned. Despite the presence of A-lister Tom Cruise, horrid reviews from critics killed any chance it had at winning the weekend, limiting its overall commercial appeal. Wonder Woman‘s success surprised even Warner Bros., so by the time Diana Prince broke records, everyone knew The Mummy didn’t stand a chance.
Like many projects of its ilk, The Mummy will have to rely on a strong showing internationally in order to turn a profit. On that front, it’s in decent shape. The global total is currently $174 million, which is enough to account for the $125 million production budget. Of course, there’s still a long way to go until The Mummy is in the black, as the break even point is roughly $250 million. The foreign markets alone may not be enough to salvage it, especially since it’s already opened in most of the world. There will be much pressure on The Mummy to make as much as it can before Transformers: The Last Knight premieres, as Michael Bay’s blockbuster is a surefire worldwide smash waiting to happen. The Dark Universe could be over before it really starts.
In third is Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, earning $12.3 million in its second weekend. The latest offering from DreamWorks Animation is now at $44.5 million domestically.
The #4 film is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The fifth entry in the Pirates franchise made $10.7 million during its third weekend, raising its domestic total to $135.8 million. As expected, it’s done much better worldwide and the $528.7 million global total is enough to turn a small profit for Disney.
Rounding out the top five is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Marvel’s newest blockbuster keeps chugging along and brought in $6.2 million to raise is Stateside haul to $366.3 million.
New horror film It Comes At Night finished in sixth with $6 million in its first three days. Being from independent studio A24, the movie didn’t come into theaters with the most amount of fan fare, but its strong critical reception gave it a boost as a refreshing change-of-pace for those looking for something a little different from traditional summer movies.
In seventh is Baywatch with $4.6 million. The comedy is now up to $51 million in the U.S.
The #8 movie is the new drama Megan Leavey, which made $3.7 million in its opening weekend. Despite coming to the multiplex with limited awareness, it was able to find a niche and find some success at the box office.
Sci-fi prequel Alien: Covenant comes in ninth with $1.8 million. Ridley Scott’s latest has now made $71.2 million in its domestic run.
Capping off the top 10 is Everything, Everything with $1.6 million. The film raised its Stateside total to $31.7 million.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates — based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, June 12 — at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo