Universal’s Dark Universe got off to a disappointing start with THE MUMMY, which managed only $32.2 million, $25 million behind the second weekend of WONDER WOMAN. The Tom Cruise action/horror film did better internationally (which is typical for the star), but Universal really needed a more enthusiastic reception for the introductory vehicle to their monster series. Reviews were withering and the B- CinemaScore suggests that audiences are not liking it much either.
As mentioned, WONDER WOMAN managed second place, dropping only 45%, a fantastic hold for a comic book feature. Fox’s animated feature CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS also had a successful second frame, bringing in another $12.3 million.
The latest PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY entries managed spots 4 and 5, while the horror thriller IT COMES AT NIGHT debuted 6th. A24 has a history of taking chances on offbeat fare that would normally not open wide. NIGHT is the latest and scored with critics, while audiences rebelled with a D CinemaScore. The film’s $6 million gross is already more than the production cost, but this will likely be gone soon and won’t duplicate the surprise success the company enjoyed with THE WITCH.
BAYWATCH limped into 7th place, while Bleeker Street’s drama MEAGAN LEAVEY had an underwhelming debut with $3.7 million. ALIEN: COVENANT and EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING rounded out the Top 10.
The latest Pixar sequel CARS 3 opens Friday, along with the raunchy girls-night-out comedy ROUGH NIGHT. TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT and DESPICABLE ME 3 are the other big releases for the remainder of the month.
Want a preview of the remaining June titles? I wrote about them here and if you are thinking ahead to July, here is the lowdown on the big features opening that month. Will franchises continue to under perform? Will superheroes remain the only dependable genre? Time will tell.
Data courtesy of Box Office Mojo.