Universal execs said, the Mummy's ultimate financial standing will largely depend on its foreign showing.
Universal's "The Mummy" opened in second place with an estimated 32.2 million dollars weekend in North America.
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. The Mummy fared better overseas, however, where the film was No. 1 with $141.8 million from 63 territories.
The Mummy stars Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Russell Crowe, Annabelle Wallis, and Jake Johnson. His star power now shines brightest overseas, where audiences have been more forgiving of the actor's baggage. The movie didn't win over critics, earning only a 17 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Reviews were poor, and those who turned out opening night gave it an average grade of B- according to market research firm CinemaScore.
With this weekend's grosses, Universal has reached $3 billion at the worldwide box office, and $2 billion at the global box office - both milestones in record time for the studio. It'll be up to Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast) and Bride of Frankenstein to right the ship, with films starring Johnny Depp as The Invisible Man and Javier Bardem as Frankenstein's Monster also in the works.
The Mummy is now playing in theaters worldwide. Things are still looking on par for a final gross of $75 million or so in the US. "I don't think one can look at any one film that has an influence on the ten that we could possibly do". Its worldwide figure now stands at $435 million. Lessons are learned from every movie.
Taking the No. 2 spot this weekend is a monster film that, frankly, was supposed to do a lot better.
The A24 thriller "It Comes at Night" aimed for more discerning horror fans. Put it this way - The Scorpion King made $36 million on its opening weekend, and that was a spinoff of the Brendan Fraser series.