Nancy Tartaglione reports: Universal’s The Mummy has risen from Saturday’s projections to an estimated $141.8M weekend launch in 63 international box office markets. The estimated worldwide total is on track for $174M through today. Those figures give star Tom Cruise his biggest offshore and global openings ever. With No. 1s in 46 markets, the monster movie is also tops for Cruise in 26. China leads with $52.2M, putting the start in the company of such titles as San Andreas and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
As noted over the weekend, it might seem improbable that Cruise would clear his top overseas and global bows ever given the critical bashing this Dark Universe-starter has taken domestically. But internationally, Cruise’s 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 worldwide openings were with Steven Spielberg’s 2005 sci-fi thriller War Of The Worlds ($102.5M/$167.4M). That film’s first rollout suite did not include such key markets as Korea or France, but did include Germany and Japan (China was not a major factor back then). France and Japan have yet to unwrap The Mummy.
Korea, which has a fondness for showing Cruise the money, is the 2nd best Mummy opening market this frame with $17.8M. The opening day Tuesday holds the record as the biggest launch day ever for any film at $6.6M. Russia follows for the full frame with $7.6M; Mexico is next at $5.1M; and the UK rounds out the Top 5 at $4.4M. (More details and analysis to follow).
Tom Cruise’s ‘The Mummy’ Scares Up $141.8 Million at International Box Office
From 63 territories, the film is expected to earn $141.8 million, which, combined with the North American take of $32.2 million, would give Universal’s latest a worldwide opening of $174 million.
“The Mummy” marks Tom Cruise’s largest international opening ever, powered by the Middle Kingdom, which is responsible for $52.2 million of the overall take. In South Korea, the film is opening to $17.8 million. The rest of the top five territories are Russia ($7.6 million); Mexico ($5.1 million); and Taiwan ($4.9 million). The movie will roll out in seven more territories — France, French-Switzerland, Greece, Israel and Trinidad open next weekend, followed by Egypt on June 21 and Japan on July 28 … (read more)