Box office report: Wonder Woman stays strong, The Mummy doesn't rise
Wonder Woman storms the box office yet again, emerging as No. 1 for the second week in a row.
The critically acclaimed film pulled in an estimated $57.2 million, seeing only a 45 percent drop in domestic earnings from last week’s record-breaking debut. It’s a marked difference from other DCEU movies like 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and 2013’s Man of Steel, both of which saw steep second-week drops of 69.1 percent and 64.6 percent, respectively. Even the ensemble flick Suicide Squad saw its earnings decrease by 67.4 percent as it pulled in $43.5 million during its second week at the box office in 2016.
Wonder Woman‘s worldwide popularity (it has an A on CinemaScore) also means that despite the previous three DCEU films posting higher opening numbers, this most recent DC adaptation has pulled in higher numbers than its predecessors in its second week for an estimated domestic total of $205 million. Internationally, the movie (which stars Gal Gadot and Chris Pine) has earned $230 million, bringing its worldwide total to $435 million.
The DC comic adaptation serves as the title character’s first solo outing after her appearance in BvS last year. It follows her journey from the island of Themyscira into the human world, accompanied by a WWI spy named Steve Trevor as she works to find — and defeat — Ares, the Greek God of War, in an effort to save the world.
Coming in second this week is The Mummy, the first entry in Universal’s Dark Universe franchise and a reboot of the 1999 fan-favorite film of the same name. However, the new film, which stars Tom Cruise, won over neither critics nor audiences (it has a B- on CinemaScore) and only earned an estimated $32.2 million its opening weekend. By comparison, every film in the original Stephen Sommers-directed, Brendan Fraser-starring trilogy debuted with higher numbers, with The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor earning $43.4 million, $68 million, and $40 million, respectively (adjusting for inflation).
But despite the film’s low numbers in North America, the movie has proved to be a hit internationally, earning an estimated $141.8 million. This marks Cruise’s biggest international opening ever, beating out War of the Worlds‘ $102.5 million haul, and brings the film’s worldwide total to $174 million, also signifying Cruises’s biggest worldwide opening weekend ever (War of the Worlds opened to $167.4 million). It’s also a big weekend for Universal, which has officially crossed the $3 billion mark in terms of worldwide earnings and the $2 billion one in terms of the international box office.
In third and fourth place are two familiar sets of characters. Captain Underpants (based on the best-selling book series by Dave Pilkey) earned an estimated $12.3 million in its second week out, beating Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (the fifth in the Disney franchise), which brought in an estimated $10.7 million in its third outing. It’s a bit of a surprise given that the Johnny Depp-starring Dead Men Tell No Tales is actually more popular with fans (an A- on CinemaScore) compared to the family-friendly animated feature (B+ on CinemaScore). In any case, Pirates‘ estimated domestic total is $135.8 million, with the movie having already passed the $500 million mark worldwide.
In fifth place is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 with an estimated $6.2 million. The movie — which stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, and Dave Bautista as the namesake band of space heroes — has now earned an estimated $365 million domestically and $461.9 million internationally. This brings the worldwide total to $833 million.
Elsewhere in the top 10 is It Comes At Night, A24’s psychological horror film starring Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby) as the patriarch of a small family that takes in another family seeking refuge from a highly contagious disease ravaging the outside world, only for mysterious circumstances to cause mutual mistrust. The movie did not play over well with audiences (D on CinemaScore) and only earned an estimated $6 million, a much lower figure than was expected from its 2,533 locations.
Megan Leavey places at No. 8 at the domestic box office this weekend. The Bleecker Street film only earned an estimated $3.7 million from 1,956 locations but nonetheless proved to be popular with moviegoers (an A on Cinemascore). The film, based on a true story, stars Kate Mara (House of Cards) as the eponymous young Marine corporal who bonds with Rex, a member of the K-9 unit responsible for sniffing for explosives, during her deployment in Iraq. The pair grows closer and complete multiple missions before getting injured by an improvised explosive device that threatens both their lives.
Outside the top 10,Fox Searchlight’s My Cousin Rachel earned an estimated $954,000 from 523 locations for a per theater average of $1,824. The film is an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s novel of the same name and stars Rachel Weisz (The Mummy) and Sam Claflin (Me Before You).
Also out this week is Roadside’s Sundance favorite Beatriz at Dinner, earning an estimated $150,160 from five theaters for a $30,032 per theater average. Salma Hayek stars as a Mexican massage therapist whose car troubles force her to attend her clients’ (played by Connie Britton and David Warshofsky) dinner party, which is also attended by their wealthy friends with more elitist views.
Per ComScore, overall box office is up 3.2 percent in the same frame from last year. Check out the June 9-11 box office figures below.
1 – Wonder Woman – $57.2 million
2 – The Mummy – $32.2 million
3 – Captain Underpants – $12.3 million
4 – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – $10.7 million
5 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – $6.2 million
6 – It Comes At Night – $6 million
7 – Baywatch – $4.6 million
8 – Megan Leavey – $3.8 million
9 – Alien: Covenant – $1.8 million
10 – Everything, Everything – $1.6 million