Although this summer was lackluster when it came to box office receipts, there were several standouts among the array of disappointments and misfires. Leading the pack was Wonder Woman, a film that proves female driven action films (with a comic book origin) are great for business. Powered by Gal Gadot’s standout performance and Patty Jenkins’ solid direction, Wonder Woman topped the summer films with over a domestic haul of over $408 million.
It was also a solid summer for Sony thanks to Spider-Man: Homecoming’s $324 million domestic gross. After the lackluster reception from the two previous Spidey movies, Tom Holland has brought fresh blood and excitement to the franchise (something Andrew Garfield failed to do).
Director Christopher Nolan is one of cinema’s most revered storytellers, and his IMAX driven Dunkirk made $178 million domestically and in effect beating out two tried and true franchises (Transformers: The Last Knight made just $130 million and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales collected $172 million)
The summer’s biggest disappointment was the Tom Cruise headlined The Mummy, a film which was supposed to jump start Universal’s “Dark Universe” series. With just $80 million in domestic receipts, The Mummy underperformed.
With the Labor Day Weekend’s ticket sales being its lowest since 1998, this has been a lackluster summer for moviegoing, but thankfully Wonder Woman is here to stay.
Transformers: The Last Knight was the #1 film over the weekend but unfortunately the film made just $45.3 million. Its five day domestic haul was a franchise low $69.1 million, but thankfully its international take is at $196 million. Coming in second was Cars 3 with $25.1 million. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1.Transformers: The Last Knight – Could a lackluster domestic opening signal the death knell of the franchise? $45.3 million
2. Cars 3 – $25.1 million
3. Wonder Woman – The flick has grossed over $650 million worldwide. This weekend it makes $25.1 million
4. 47 Meters Down – Mandy Moore shark film makes $7.4 million
5. All Eyez On Me – $5.85 million
6. The Mummy – Tom Cruise misfire makes $5.8 million and domestically it has yet to reach the $100 million mark (it’s at $68 million).
7. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – $5.2 million
8. Rough Night – Scarlett Johansson comedy collects $4.7 million. Domestically, the movie has made just$16.6 million.
9. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie – $4.3 million
Cars 3 had an excellent box office debut with a $53.5 million opening besting Wonder Womanwhich still had an amazing #2 outing with $40.8 million. The Tupac Shakur drama All Eyez On Me also had a solid weekend with a #3 finish ($27.1 million). Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. Cars 3 – $53.5 million
2. Wonder Woman – Another great weekend with $40,8 million and to date it’s amassed over $275 million domestically.
3. All Eyez On Me – Featuring Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Tupac, the flick made $27.1 million in its opening weekend.
4. The Mummy – With just $13.9 million, this flick is one of Tom Cruise’s biggest box office disappointments.
5. 47 Meters Down – $11.5 million
6. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – To date the flick has made $150.1 million domestically. This weekend it takes in $8.5 million
7. Rough Night – $8.1 million
8. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie – $7.4 million
It was simply no competition as Wonder Woman smashed The Mummy into submission with a $57.2 million weekend. The Mummy, which launches Universal’s Dark Universe line, was a distant second with $32.2 million but has done solid business overseas ($141 million). Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. Wonder Woman– $57.2 million
2. The Mummy – $32.2 million
3. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie – $12.3 million
4. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – $10.7 million
5. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – $6.2 million
6.It Comes At Night – First rate thriller starring Joel Edgerton makes $6 million in its debut weekend.
7. Baywatch – With just $51 million amassed domestically, this comedy is a box office misfire for The Rock. This weekend, it takes in $4.6 million
8. Megan Leavey – Kate Mara headlined indie drama collects $3.8 million.
9. Alien: Covenant – The picture is one of this year’s biggest box office disappointments as it’s made just $71 million domestically. This weekend, it collects a meager $1.8 million
A three-time Academy Award nominee himself, Tom Cruise has shared the screen with several of Oscar’s favorite actors: Paul Newman in The Color of Money, Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man, Gene Hackman in The Firm and Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men. Now, with The Mummy, you can add another Oscar-winner to the Cruise co-star list: Russell Crowe. When Crowe signed on for the role of Dr. Henry Jekyll, Cruise couldn’t wait to see how Crowe approached the pivotal role. (Click on the media bar below to hear Tom Cruise)