Duncan Clark, president of global distribution for Universal, played down the connective tissue between "The Mummy" and future Dark Universe releases.

"The Mummy", starring Tom Cruise as an adventurer who uncovers the crypt of an ancient cursed princess, is receiving very bad reviews leading to its opening on Friday, with a current score of 20% on Rotten Tomatoes.

The irony for Wonder Woman is its place in the DC Comics box office rankings. It grossed over $800 million at the box office, but the new monster movie will be beaten out by "Wonder Woman" and other similar projects. That is not the kind of number that seemingly justifies a lofty cinematic universe. The film held a 17% review score on Rotten Tomatoes as of Sunday morning.

Universal execs said, the Mummy's ultimate financial standing will largely depend on its foreign showing. Nearly certainly not. And there are several reasons for that. On the other hand, Tom Cruise starrer action adventure horror flick "The Mummy" has grossed $32 million. Universal spent about $125 million to make it.

The Mummy was buried at the box office in its opening weekend.

"Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie", last weekend's runner-up, falls to #3 this weekend. But what if the differences in opinion of Tom Cruise highlight a larger, insurmountable divide between the United States and the rest of the world?

It seems like everyone should be happy, with enough money to go around for both films, despite a disappointing domestic debut for the Dark Universe. Not by a long shot.

A big fan of the Universal monsters, Kurtzman felt that including the Book of the Dead from the original movie acknowledges the previous movies' existence.

The DC savior is now on track to potentially beat the domestic collections of Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad. But looking globally, the movie has the most interesting box office storyline of the weekend.

Sorry Tom Cruise, but Wonder Woman is just too powerful. The same thing can happen with Dark Universe and Universal has no reason to pull the plug just yet.

But Marvel Studios understands that the key to franchise building is compelling stand-alone movies, a concept that may have been lost on Universal. Cruise plays Nick Morton, a US soldier turned plunderer who inadvertently brings a unsafe ancient princess back to life. Readers can also follow me on my social media accounts for the latest scoops.


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