While The Mummy is currently tracking for a $35-42 million domestic opening, coming in after Warner Bros. and DC’s Wonder Woman, which is set to remain at the top of the box office in its second week with an estimated $60 million, it still looks like things might not be all that scary for Universal’s first film in their new Dark Universe. It’s no secret that Tom Cruise is a mega-star worldwide, but if early tracking reports are to be believed, The Mummy could end up being Cruise’s highest global opening of all time.
Opening in 63 territories, the film is eyeing a $125-135 million overseas haul. Add that to the domestic intake and The Mummy is potentially looking at around a $160-177 million global opening. If the film hits that number, it would topple War of the Worlds, which debuted with $167.4 worldwide, as Cruise’s biggest global opening. Historically speaking, his films never really break the bank in the U.S., with his highest domestic opening being War of the Worlds with $64.9 million, all of the Mission: Impossible movies falling between $45-58 million and anything else outside of that franchise coming in the $20-37 million range.
The production costs for The Mummy is said to be somewhere in the $125-130 million range (before promotional costs), but Deadline says they have a source claiming it’s more in the $195 million ball park. Still, if all this plays out as the tracking says here, the film should prove profitable enough.
Personally, I am in the minority in my reaction to the film. As of this writing, it currently sits at 23% on Rotten Tomatoes, but I actually enjoyed the film quite a bit. I’m not even the biggest Tom Cruise fan, but I am a huge horror/monster movie fan. It’s big dumb summer nonsense, but I had a lot of fun with it. I think it does a fine job of setting up this Dark Universe to continue on and re-introduce us to all our favorite movie monsters. You can check out my review of the film here.
Directed by Alex Kurtzman, the film stars Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance and Russell Crowe. Here is the official synopsis:
Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension. From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.
The Mummy will be released in theaters on June 9, 2017.
Top 10 Movie Trailers From This Summer That Will Fire You Up
Every year, an avalanche of trailers, teasers, TV spots flood the Internet, trying to grab the attention of busy and overstimulated audiences. It’s gotten to the point where now, trailers are such a commodity, that the trailers themselves have teasers. There’s a reason: trailers, when they’re good, can be an artform all their own.
I love trailers, being the guy who is always rushing his friends and family to the theater early “so we don’t miss the previews.” Every summer, I make a YouTube playlist of my favorites that acts as my own personal radio station because frankly, sometimes, I vibe more to how the trailer is cut than the music in it or, in bad cases, the movies themselves when I finally catch them on-screen. It’s gotten to the point that I imagine and dream in a trailer format, with music setting the pace for a smash-cut of scenes that I want to write or just enjoy the fantasy of.
If you love a good trailer like I love a good trailer, this list is for you. Here’s what I consider the top 10 trailers for the summer 2017. Click Next to start!