Despite Tom Cruises’ stellar performance and jaw-dropping action sequences, The Mummy was crushed by Patty Jenkins’ superhero saga Wonder Woman, which continues to smash records across the world.
Wonder Woman held on to the top spot with second-weekend takings of £3.48m, for an 11-day total of £12.84m in the UK Box Office, reports the Guardian.
May witnessed aspiring blockbusters take a hit in the second weekends: Alien: Covenant drop 62%, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword fall 69% and Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge decline a gentler 40%.
In April, Fast & Furious 8 fell 58% in its second session, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 dropped 54%.
Ergo, by summer blockbuster standards, Wonder Woman continues to resist the gravity of failure and charge ahead.
Universal, which is still working exploiting the concept of “monster” properties, has made several attempts, most notably with 2004’s Van Helsing, which introduced Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and a werewolf character.
The Mummy, which also showcases a Dr Jekyll (Russell Crowe), is the first in Universal’s proposed set of Monsters films, which the studio is projecting as the ‘Dark Universe’.
Up next in the sequence is the Bride of Frankenstein, directed by Bill Condon.
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