Although early projections placed Universal Pictures' franchise reboot on a course to debut in North America with an uninspiring $40 million, the blockbuster performance of Wonder Woman has led estimates for the Tom Cruise film to be lowered.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, polling service NRG downgraded expectations for The Mummy's U.S. opening first to $38 million and now to $35 million, a mere fraction of the film's $125 million budget.
The culprit appears to be Wonder Woman's staying power, as analysts project its box office to dip as little as 50 percent in its second weekend, meaning the Patty Jenkins film could add another $50 million to its domestic haul.
While Universal can't be happy with those U.S. projections, international receipts could save the resurrected franchise. The Mummy is expected to place No. 1 overseas, where Tom Cruise's films typically perform gangbusters. The global intake for 2014's Edge of Tomorrow was triple that of the film's modest domestic tally, and Oblivion's worldwide revenue more than doubled its U.S. numbers the year before.
The tracking could change once reviews for The Mummy arrive, and nobody will be paying closer attention than Universal. The studio has a lot on the line, as the film is the first in the studio's long-planned "Dark Universe" line, which reimagines its classic Universal Monsters. The next film in the series, Bride of Frankenstein, will arrive in theaters Feb. 14, 2019.
Directed by Alex Kurtzman from a script by John Spaihts and Christopher McQuarrie, The Mummy stars Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance and Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll.