Landing in second place with a thud was The Mummy with a weak $32.2 million from 4,065 theaters.
The top ten films grossed an estimated $136.4M which was off 2% from a year ago when The Conjuring 2 opened at number one with $40.4M; and down 49% from 2015 when Jurassic World debuted in the top spot with a record $208.8M. And Kurztman agrees. When asked about Nick's future, Kurtzman stated its "entirely possible" he'll show up in other Dark Universe films. Still, this result wasn't a huge surprise. Check out the June 9-11 box office figures below. Let's use "The Mummy" to unwrap six of them. Despite coming to the multiplex with limited awareness, it was able to find a niche and find some success at the box office. But universes tend to evolve organically. Muscietti is now working on the adaptation of Stephen King's It. That's a slow start for the film meant to launch an extended universe of monster-related titles. Also in the works is Johnny Depp as The Invisible Man and Javier Bardem as Frankenstein.
But its still not clear what these monster tales have to do with one another, aside from being based on the studio's old intellectual property.
Universal nevertheless has big plans for its Dark Universe, with more editions already in various stages of development. We'll see where it goes from here. Night Shyamalan resurrect his career with "Split", and we've seen "Get Out" surprise everyone by becoming a massive hit with its unlikely blend of horror and social satire.
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"Wonder Woman", $57.2 million ($58.1 million international).
Rounding out the top five is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
"I'm going to keep repeating that mantra throughout this review of 'The Mummy'".
But critics slammed the film, directed by Alex Kurtzman; it has a dismal 17 percent "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Paying audiences were not too satisfied as the CinemaScore grade was a disappointing B-.
In recent years, Cruise has struggled to score a bonafide hit outside of the Mission Impossible franchise. "But the film is terrific entertainment, and overall it's going to be Tom (Cruise's) biggest worldwide opening of all time". It's not unusual for big budget films to do two or three times more business elsewhere than domestically, but nearly five times better shows just how little interest USA audiences have in the Dark Universe.
Industry observers will be holding out hope for other scheduled high-profile releases this summer, including next weekend's Pixar animated sequel Cars 3, Michael Bay and Universal's Transformers: The Dark Knight, and Warner Bros' Christopher Nolan-helmed World War II epic Dunkirk.
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.