Market Overview

'Wonder Woman' Slams Coffin Shut On Tom Cruise's 'Mummy' After Potent Second Weekend

'Wonder Woman' Slams Coffin Shut On Tom Cruise's 'Mummy' After Potent Second Weekend

“Wonder Woman” lassoed the box office for a second straight weekend, burying Tom Cruise’s “The Mummy” and belting another studio’s bid to build a billion-dollar world of interlocking franchises.

The Gal Gadot-starring “Wonder Woman” - Time Warner Inc’s (NYSE: TWX) first critical hit in its own effort to build a cinematic universe based on its DC Comics properties - made $57.2 million domestically, a remarkable 45 percent drop from the debut weekend of a summer blockbuster. It's now passed a total gross of more than $430 million.

The movie had a second weekend that exceeded DC’s critically lambasted previous two superhero flicks: “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad,” according to Variety.

‘Mummy’ Makes Moribund Debut

In second place domestically was “The Mummy,” a Tom Cruise vehicle intended to launch NBCUniversal Studios, Inc’s effort to create a shared world of its licensed classic monsters, such as “Frankenstein,” “The Wolfman” and “The Creature From The Black Lagoon.”

“The Mummy,” which made $32.2 million domestically, even featured a “Dr. Jekyll” played by Russell Crowe, part of an effort to cross-pollinate ambitious franchises linked by an over-arching story.

Everyone Mimics Marvel

Both Time Warner, Universal, and every other major movie studio are attempting to mimic the success of the Marvel Studios shared universe - and the “Star Wars” interlocking world - overseen by the Walt Disney Co (NYSE: DIS).

Variety said “The Mummy” debut was on pace to make $32.2 million domestically and the studio hopes to recoup the low take in the United States in markets abroad.

The Patty Jenkins-directed “Wonder Woman,” already the highest-grossing movie directed by a woman and by far the most successful superhero movie featuring a female title character, benefited from terrific word of mouth and unprecedented critical acclaim for Time Warner’s superhero universe.

“Wonder Woman,” set during World War I, garnered a 93 percent rating on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. “The Mummy” had a 17 percent positive aggregate.

So far, the inspirational “Wonder Woman" - with its underlying message of the power of hope and love separating it from the derisively labeled “murderverse” of the other DC movies - comes closest to the lighter fare of the 15 linked Marvel Cinematic Universe movies owned by Disney.

It’s also the first big hit of what so far has been a disappointing summer box office. Studio suits, citing the failure of movies such as "Elektra," "Catwoman," and "Supergirl," have long argued that a female superhero character can't carry a tentpole movie, ignoring the fact that the latter three movies weren't very good critically.

Related links:

Superhero Shakeup: Disney’s Whedon Jumps To Rival DC

Time Warner’s ‘Wonder Woman’ Jump Starts Summer Box Office

Image: Jamie, Flickr


Related Articles (DIS + TWX)

View Comments and Join the Discussion!

Posted-In: DC Comics Gal Gadot Marvel NBC Universal The MummyNews Events Media Best of Benzinga