At the domestic box office, The Mummy is officially a flop.
Box office numbers for the weekend are finally in and while Wonder Woman is again the big winner, crossing the $200 million mark in its second weekend, The Mummy is the clear loser. Universal spent $125 million on the production of the film; it made only $31.5 million of that back in the U.S. and Canada, according to Deadline.
The Mummy has already made its budget back following better success with audiences internationally. The film made $174 million internationally, with its two biggest audiences coming from South Korea and China, for a total of $204 million worldwide; in China alone The Mummy brought in more than $50 million.
It shouldn’t be too surprising that The Mummy didn’t perform very well domestically, though. It was torn apart by critics, with the movie sitting at a 12 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and attracted negative attention online from fans who saw it. Even before the movie was released, analysts predicted that it wouldn’t do well here.
Again, this isn’t surprising. The Mummy is an action movie that’s almost tailor-made for an international audience and Universal has seen incredible success overseas in recent years. Fate of the Furious, the most recent installment in the Fast and Furious franchise, made almost $225 million domestically but more than $1 billion internationally. Universal is hoping that The Mummy, and in turn the Dark Universe, will see incredible success overseas and becoming another Fast of the Furious franchise.
Still, $31.5 million isn’t great and it goes to show that audiences in North America are not as enthralled with the concept of the Dark Universe that the studio may have hoped for.
The Mummy is currently playing in theaters worldwide.