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

Elaine Woods | 15 June, 2017, 02:22

Pictures and DC Films' Wonder Woman won a second-straight weekend at the domestic box office with an impressive $57.2 million, a drop of just 45% in ticket sales (it's usually 50 to 60% these days for a film's second weekend).

Universal's, a unit of Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise, opened to $32.2-M domestically from 4,035 theaters, a slow start for a Summer event film.

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.

In second place domestically was "The Mummy", a Tom Cruise vehicle meant 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 array of titles available for us and the talent we have coming on board for the ones coming up, they all have to operate as an individual title", said Clark. Internationally, the fifth installment added another $34.8 million and has collected $464.4 million so far.

But while American audiences have become less likely to rush out to his films, "The Mummy" indicated that he, and big-budget action-adventure films in general, remain particularly popular in East Asia.

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Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, according to comScore.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was down 37% in its sixth weekend to $6.2 million, bringing its totals to $366.4 million domestically and $828.3 million worldwide.

Performing even worse was the weekend's third wide release, the dog-centric military drama 'Megan Leavey'. That is, much like It Comes at Night, a disappointing number as the film was expected to open in the mid-single digits but had its potential female-dominated audience sucked up by Wonder Woman.

The $51.8 million total, topped up by $1 million of previews, was the seventh highest opening of the year. Where available, the latest worldwide numbers also are included.

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tells", $34.8 million. The well-regarded (at last) DC Comics adaptation earned $15.8 million yesterday, down 59% from last Friday's fanboy inflated debut.

"Beauty and the Beast", $2.9 million.

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