HOLLYWOOD—Well, I have to eat those words I echoed last week about “Wonder Woman” losing its top spot at the box-office to the Tom Cruise adventure “The Mummy.” Gal Gadot and company held onto the top spot in theaters dropping less than 50 percent to maintain its grip on moviegoers with an impressive $57.2 million. In just 10 days, the female-centric superhero flick has already crossed the $200 million at the domestic box-office. On a global scale, the flick is inching closer to the $500 million mark.
Stunning many people including myself, was the debut of Universal’s reincarnation of the horror classic “The Mummy” starring Tom Cruise. The horror-adventure fell short of expectations debuting to a disappointing $32.2 million. Wow, it seems like summer 2017 has become the year of dismal performances of highly anticipated blockbusters with big-time names.
While the debut of “The Mummy” failed to ignite interest with audiences in the U.S., Cruise and company did well overseas with a foreign haul of nearly $141 million. So it’s not a complete loss for Universal after all, but they might be rethinking rather to continue with rebirths of those other horror classics. “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” landed in third place with $12.3 million bringing its domestic total to just under $45 million.
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” sailed into fourth place with $10.7 million. The fifth installment in the franchise has earned over $135 million domestically; a far cry from what previous chapters in the franchise has earned in theaters.
Rounding out the top five is the sequel “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” with $6.2 million. “Guardians” might be the first sequel to actually be a hit at the box-office, as the film edges closer to the $400 million mark at the domestic box-office.
June 16 will be a busy time at the box-office with “Cars 3,” “All Eyez on Me,” “Rough Night” and “47 Meters Down” all vying for moviegoers attention. Hmm, I don’t know “Wonder Woman” might be able to stay on top for the third consecutive weekend, but if any flick can dethrone the superhero flick its “Cars 3.”