Universal looks like they’re feeling pretty good about their universe of classic monsters. Long before The Mummy hits theaters and tries to get this universe started, the studio claimed two release dates – one in 2018, the other in 2019 – for two unknown monster movies. The release dates could be the Johnny Depp-led The Invisible Man, David Koep’s take on Bride of Frankenstein, or The Wolfman from writer Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners).
But do audiences want these classic monsters updated? We’ll have some idea next month when Alex Kurtzman‘s (Star Trek) film comes out, which is currently tracking to make $40 million its opening weekend.
According to The Hollywood Reporter‘s sources, one analysis expects a $40 million dollar opening domestically, whole another places it a smidge higher with $42 million. It’d be a modest opening for the film, which reportedly cost $125 million but looks pricier based on the trailers. Also important to note is that Universal hasn’t done their last major marketing push yet, but they’ll soon start to with only three weeks to go until opening day. On June 9, The Mummy will open in China as well, along with every other major market.
Even when a Tom Cruise film underperforms in the states, they tend to perform great overseas: Knight and Day, domestically, made $76 million and $185 million overseas; Edge of Tomorrow sadly underperformed in the states but made $270 million in foreign territories; Oblivion didn’t crack $100 million here, but it almost made double that overseas.
The Mummy‘s predicted opening weekend is in the neighborhood of what Stephen Sommers’ 2001 film opened to back in 1999 ($43 million), although that number would be higher today with inflation. It’d be surprising if a Tom Cruise-led Mummy film made less money in the states than the action pic with Brendan Fraser, but we’ll see how it fares. With Cruise, the title, Russell Crowe, and some slick-looking action, it’s easy to imagine The Mummy surpassing expectations, especially if it’s good enough to have legs this summer and get people excited about movie stars and monsters colliding.
Here’s the official synopsis for the film:
Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy.
Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.
From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.
The Mummy arrives on June 9.
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