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'Wonder Woman' buries 'The Mummy' at box office

13 June 2017

Box office numbers for the weekend are finally in and while Wonder Womanis again the big victor, crossing the $200 million mark in its second weekend, The Mummy is the clear loser.

The reboot of the cinematic monster from Comcast Corp.'s Universal Pictures. opened to a weak $32.2 million in the USA and Canada, according to studio estimates.

It was a bumpy weekend for Universal's launch of its Dark Universe series of horror-ish movies, as the new take on The Mummy fizzled out a little at the American box office.

In coming weeks, the Tom Cruise film is expected to gross over $300 million from 64 major markets including Japan, China, India, Canada, and of course, the United States.

In the USA, the first entry of the Dark Universe just isn't making any kind of dent at the box office as Wonder Woman continues to make big waves with audiences through word-of-mouth.

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His star power is strong overseas where audiences care less about Tom's public relations disasters including the famous Oprah Winfrey incident where he jumped on her couch while declaring his love for Katie Holmes. The DC Comics Extended Universe ("Suicide Squad", "Wonder Woman") also doesn't do them.

"Bad reviews and low aggregate scores combined with negative social media buzz definitely hurt The Mummy in North America while simultaneously having nearly zero impact on global returns".

Critics weren't kind to Cruise's The Mummy, with the film's Rotten Tomatoes rating now standing at a disastrous 17% fresh.

Two newcomers took the first and the second places for the weekend box office.

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"Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie", $12.3 million ($1.7 million international). Pirates 5 has earned an okay $135 million domestically to date, compared to almost $393 million to date internationally.

In its third weekend, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" continued to skulk around the top five, taking in $10.7 million domestically for a worldwide total of $600.2 million.

The $51.8 million total, topped up by $1 million of previews, was the seventh highest opening of the year.

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, summer's top-grossing movie to date, fell to fifth with $6.2 million ($366.4 million total).

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