Wonder Woman buries The Mummy at US box office

UPJavier Bardem has been cast as Frankenstein while Johnny Depp will play The Invisible Man

UPJavier Bardem has been cast as Frankenstein while Johnny Depp will play The Invisible Man

The acclaimed "Wonder Woman" followed up its record-breaking opening weekend last week by winning the United States box office for a second-straight weekend with an estimated $57 million, according to Exhibitor Relations, a dip of only 45% from last weekend.

Wonder Woman will also make more during its second frame than did both "Suicide Squad" and "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice", despite those films having larger opening weekends than "Wonder Woman" ($133.7 million for "Suicide Squad" and $166 million for "Batman v Superman"). Made for $149 million and directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, Ewen Bremner, Saïd Taghmaoui, Elena Anaya, Connie Nielsen and Lucy Davis.

Tom Cruise's most recent film is the beginning of a Marvel-style franchise that will resurrect numerous famous monster characters like, The Invisible Man, Dracula, and Frankenstein.

Even though The Mummy has been crucified by the critics, it hasn't stopped the Alex Kurtzman-directed creature feature from pocketing $US172.3 million internationally, led by China's $52.4 million.

The story this week will be how poorly THE MUMMY performed at the weekend box office and whether or not Universal's plan for a Dark Universe are going to be scrapped.

His star power is strong overseas where audiences care less about Tom's public relations disasters including the famous Oprah Winfrey incident where he jumped on her couch while declaring his love for Katie Holmes. It's now passed a total gross of more than $430 million. It should be noted that $2.7 million of that is from Thursday night screenings, so if you look at the "true" Friday, Universal's big launchpad for the Dark Universe had a sub-$10 million start.

Next (Frankfurt: 779551 - news) was Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales", the latest installment in the popular franchise starring Johnny Depp as a dreadlocked pirate, at $10.7 million. It already earned its production budget back which was estimated to be at $125 million. The budget was $38 million so if its global rollout does well it should be profitable.

Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates. That puts it on course for as high as $380 million in the USA and a money maker on a $200 million budget.

"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2", $6.2 million ($2.2 million international).

Baywatch brought in $4.6 million in its third weekend, down 48% from last frame.

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