The international box office has once again saved a huge studio movie from its less-than-blockbuster domestic performance. Tom Cruise’s latest star vehicle didn’t even make a dent in the strong holdover from last weekend’s top movie.
While most superhero movies open huge and suffer massive second-week drop-offs, that wasn’t the case with ‘Wonder Woman‘. Slipping only 45%, the film added another $57.1 million to the bank. Showing the strength of its performance, its mid-week numbers were also unusually high. Between Monday and Thursday, it made $45 million. After ten days, it’s up to $205 million domestically and $230.2 million internationally, giving the DC hit a worldwide total of $435.2 million so far.
Further proving that star power doesn’t account for much these days, Tom Cruise’s reboot of ‘The Mummy‘ opened in second place to $32.2 million. Playing on 4,035 screens, that’s a per-screen average of $7,992. (If you don’t know much about what’s normal for big movies like this, that number is low.) For a CG-heavy picture budgeted at $125 million (before its massive marketing campaign), that total is underwhelming. However, the international box office will keep it from being buried alive. Overseas, ‘The Mummy’ debuted to $141.8 million, bringing its worldwide opening to $174 million. Those numbers make it the biggest international and worldwide opening of Tom Cruise’s career.
DreamWorks’ ‘Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie‘ didn’t open too well last week. This week, it also fell a little harder than most kids’ movies. Taking a 48% hit, it finished in third place with $12.3 million, bringing its ten-day total up to $44.5 million. With a $38 million budget and an international roll-out that has yet to take flight, I can’t imagine that anyone at Fox is too worried about where ‘Captain Underpants’ will eventually end up.
‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales‘ tanked in its second week and the third didn’t do any better. Falling another 52%, it finished at #4 with $10.7 million. To date, the $230 million sequel has grossed $135.8 million domestically. Like ‘The Mummy’, it’s been saved by foreign ticket sales. If it wasn’t for an international box office total of $392.9 million bringing its worldwide gross up to $528.7 million, some exec at Disney would be walking the plank right now.
Still performing well after six weeks, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2‘ rounded out the Top 5 with $6.2 million. The $200 million sequel has earned $366.3 million domestically and $461.9 million overseas, pushing its worldwide total up to $828.2 million.
Playing on 2,533 screens, the weekend’s second wide release opened a #6. ‘It Comes at Night‘ scared up $6 million, which is $4 million below the pre-release estimates. The tiny $5 million picture may have earned critical praise, but with terrible word-of-mouth, it’s unlikely to do much more business.
Performing even worse was the weekend’s third wide release, the dog-centric military drama ‘Megan Leavey‘. Playing on 1,956 screens, the film made just $3.7 million and finished in the #8 spot. With an unknown budget, there’s no knowing of where that fits into the grand scheme of things, but that total certainly isn’t anything to bark about.
1. ‘Wonder Woman’ (Warner Bros.) – $57,180,000
2. ‘The Mummy’ (Universal) – $32,246,120
3. ‘Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie’ (Fox) – $12,300,000
4. ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ (Buena Vista) – $10,713,000
5. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ (Buena Vista) – $6,242,000
6. ‘It Comes at Night’ (A24) – $6,000,788
7. ‘Baywatch’ (Paramount) – $4,600,000
8. ‘Megan Leavey’ (Bleecker Street) – $3,767,722
9. ‘Alien: Covenant’ (Fox) – $1,800,000
10. ‘Everything, Everything’ (Warner Bros.) – $1,620,000