The verdict appears to be in for The Mummy. Sure, there are currently only 57 Rotten Tomatoes-approved reviews up on the aggregate site, but it certainly seems to be trending well into the negative direction. As of right now, only 28 percent of critics have given positive reviews, and if the buzz on social media is any indication, it doesn’t look like that’ll go up much higher, if at all, once all 200-plus reviews finally hit. Given that it’s been less than a week since Wonder Woman hit theaters — and that Wonder Woman has received amazing reviews and word of mouth, this can really only spell bad news for The Mummy.
According to Variety, The Mummy is currently tracking at a $35 million to $45 million take in its opening weekend. With its huge $125 million budget, that’s an opening that could very well spell doom for the horror-adventure flick. It most certainly doesn’t help that Wonder Woman is estimated to drop only 50-60 percent in its second weekend, meaning that it could easily outperform the Tom Cruise vehicle with around a $50 million second weekend.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom. The Mummy is a film that was likely made with the overseas market in mind, and in Korea, it managed a record opening on Monday of $6.6. million. Of course, that’s only a drop in the bucket, but should the flick catch on in other foreign markets like it did there, it could end up more than redeeming the expected disappointing domestic haul.
Box office analyst Jeff Bock had the following to say regarding The Mummy’s upcoming release and anticipated box office performance.
“The Mummy arrives with the feel of another reboot — something audiences, especially in North America, have become all-too familiar with. It had better succeed overseas.”
This wouldn’t be the first blockbuster this year to bite the dust. 2017, it seems, has been quite the brutal year for tentpole films, likely due to the sheer volume of them. From Power Rangers to Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Alien: Covenant, fans aren’t having a problem with staying at home for more lukewarm projects. The result has been a growing trail of film casualties. In this era of franchises, this is likely an instance of the market correcting itself. Audiences only have so much affinity for these big movies, and as such, we may very well see studios start to emphasize more on low and mid-budget films, which seems to be a growing and welcome trend.
What do you think? Is The Mummy doomed to fail? If so, do you think it’ll take down the entirety of the Dark Universe down with it?