The Mummy is set for a worldwide opening box office debut at about $169M, from 63 markets, including in China where it made $19 million on Friday and is tracking to make $51.5 in its opening frame. Initiating Universals much-needed Dark universe shared cinematic universe, The Mummy has unfortunately suffered a bevy of losses from critical disdain and audiences largely underwhelmed with the film’s story narrative. The Mummy currently holds a 6.1 on IMDb, and a 21% on Rottentomatoes.
An update of the 1932 classic version of The Mummy starring Boris Karloff (which was first remade by Universal in 1999 with Brendan Fraser in the lead), The Mummy vaulted ahead from the period settings of the original and first remake and largely set the action in modern day, where soldier of fortune Nick Morton (Cruise) earns his living by unearthing ancient antiquities to sell on the black market. But when Morton helps unearth a 5,000-year-old sarcophagus that entombs the mummified Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella), a curse is unleashed upon him by Ahmanet as she proceeds to regain her original form to wreak havoc on everybody that surrounds her.
Regardless, The Mummy isn’t expected to debut at the top of the box office, thanks to Wonder Woman in her second frame, but early returns suggest that Tom Cruise’s and Alex Kurtzman’s mummy movie will win the worldwide opening box office.
My take: the movie sounds like asshole, and if Universal continues to make shit, they’re going to find out the hard way what it’s like being a little fish in a big fishes’ sea.