The first entry to Universal’s Dark Universe may have had a lackluster opening weekend at the domestic box office, but elsewhere, the Tom Cruise-powered reboot is making a killing.
As predicted, The Mummy made a little less than $35 million this weekend in the United States. Despite this, Variety reports that the Alex Kurtzman-directed film is expected to make more than $141.8 million by the end of the weekend. Combined with the United States’ $32.2 million, that makes a whopping $174 million in total. Not bad.
This is the biggest opening that veteran action star Tom Cruise has accomplished in his career thus far. The majority of ticket sales come from China, with South Korea coming in second. In total, the two territories brought in $70 million.
Many have voiced their doubts about the planned Dark Universe’s future given the abysmal reaction by many critics. However, these numbers are most definitely high enough to calm anyone’s fears about the sprawling project’s longevity. The Mummy has helped to push Universal over the $3 billion global market in 2017 with still six months to go in the year. What this equates to is, pardon my french but holy shit that’s a lot of money. But what does this mean for horror fans?
Clear skies – or darkened skies, if you prefer – ahead!
Universal owes much of their success thus far to The Fate of the Furious, but the studio has also seen significant gains from both Split and Get Out earlier in the year. If you like the way that Universal does horror, you’re in luck. If you’re not a fan, then I have some bad news for you: given the enormous amount of money that Universal has been raking in, the studio will undoubtedly push forward into the horror market.
Box office numbers are great and all, but what does this mean for the rest of horror cinema? An educated guess would say that more studios will begin to take riskier gambles with genre films. Despite the cancellation of Friday the 13th, the market for horror movies remains stronger than ever. No, Universal does not own the rights to Mr. Voorhees, but if they did, you could be sure that we’d still be getting another film set in Camp Crystal Lake. Could this make Paramount reconsider down the line? Possibly.
So the critics didn’t like The Mummy – fine. Many fans have taken kindly to the film, with iHorror’s own Ryan T. Cusick describing the movie as “A strong start to the (Universal) monster franchise.” You can read the rest of his review here.
If you’ve seen the film, let us know what you think of it. If you haven’t seen it yet, get on it! You don’t want to be left out, do you?