Universal had big plans for The Mummy; it was to be the first of a relaunched Dark Universe featuring classic monsters & villains from the seminal studio’s stable. Future films were to include reboots of The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Phantom of the Opera, and numerous others. The Mummy had a devastatingly disappointing US release, but Universal had high hopes the overseas markets would save the film and the franchise.
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Nope. The latest analytics suggest The Mummy is doomed to cost the studio close to $100M. If true, it’s a potential death blow to the future of the Dark Universe.
After consulting a number of film finance sources, the Universal Tom Cruise movie stands to lose an estimated $95M off of a final estimated global box office tally of $375M. Divided that’s $75M at the domestic B.O., and $300M from overseas.
This despite the fact that the movie was the biggest global opening ever for Tom Cruise at $169.3M. However, relative to the production investment here which we are informed is estimated at $345M in total production and global P&A spend (broken out $195M production cost and $150M distribution/ad expenses), those records –and even this weekend’s No. 1 overseas hold of $53M — are not enough to get Mummy over these hurdles.
So why exactly did The Mummy bomb? (*Cough**Tom Cruise**Cough*) Well, you can read my review of the film, HERE, and/or check out the video essay below from our friends at Looper.com. Between the 2, you should have more than enough information to deduce the film’s numerous shortcomings. Of course, Looper’s video does an amazing job of putting The Mummy’s spectacular failure into a wider historical context. Have a watch and let us know if you agree in the Comments section!
Warning: Below There Be Spoilers!
Official Synopsis: Universal plans to launch a monster movie universe on the back of Tom Cruise’s The Mummy. The flick serves as a reboot of both the studio’s classic scary movie franchise and the Brendan Fraser-starring trilogy. However, despite lofty expectations and the attachment of a huge star in Cruise, The Mummy wasn’t able to scare up many viewers in its opening weekend, debuting to an underwhelming $31.5 million domestic gross. The disappointing start for the thriller likely won’t completely unravel Universal’s so-called “Dark Universe,” but it definitely spells trouble. Here’s why The Mummy was dead on arrival…
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