Nancy Tartaglione reports: Now unwrapped in 63 offshore markets, Universal’s The Mummy has grossed $56.8M at the international box office through Friday. That puts the Tom Cruise monster movie on track for an estimated $139M overseas this weekend, and $169.3M worldwide. Both of those would be Cruise’s biggest openings ever.
Clearing his best international and global bows with The Mummy may seem improbable given the critical bashing the film has taken domestically. But here, Cruise’s global star power is combined with growth in key and emerging markets and the fact that the initial rollout of this pic includes China. His previous top international and global openings were with Steven Spielberg’s 2005 thriller War Of The Worlds ($102.5M/$167.4M).
Breaking down the numbers so far for this Dark Universe starter, it has opened at No. 1 in 52 markets. China is in the lead with a $19M start on Friday, also setting an opening day record for a Cruise vehicle … (read more)