Universal's "The Mummy" opened in second place with an estimated 32.2 million dollars weekend in North America. The film made $174 million internationally, with its two biggest audiences coming from South Korea and China, for a total of $204 million worldwide; in China alone The Mummy brought in more than $50 million. Now, The Mummy has defeated Raabta and Behen Hogi Teri to make more numbers at the box office in the opening weekend. Its $57.2 million second frame outright beats the sophomore sessions of both Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, giving it a real chance to overtake both films by the time it's played out in theaters.
"We know we had been criticized for the prior (DC Comics) films that were successful at the box office but not with critics", Goldstein said.
In third on North American screens was DreamWorks Animation's "Captain Underpants", based on the popular children's books by Dav Pilkey.
Still, the less-than-impressive domestic debut raises a few concerns about the viability of Universal's Dark Universe, with "Bride of Frankenstein" (starring Javier Bardem) due in 2019, with Russell Crowe's Dr. Jekyll (introduced in "The Mummy") and Johnny Depp's Invisible Man eyed for the pipeline. Tom Cruise starrer "The Mummy" is the first installment of Dark Universe film series.
Debuting at number one again on the box office chart is the big DC success story of the year, Wonder Woman.
Universal distribution executives trumpeted the film's global performance while acknowledging the North American gross left something to be desired. The film has a 93 percent Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an A CinemaScore from audiences. A film can't just seem like another link on the movie chain, a lesson modern Hollywood seems incapable of learning.
"Baywatch", $4.6 million ($10.7 million international).
Fifth spot went to another Disney production, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, at US$6.2 million.
Everything, Everything (US$1.6 million).
While "Batman Begins" and the first "Spider-Man" movie were both meant to kick off a series of films, in both cases the movies wait until they've told an intriguing story before setting up a sequel.