Will ‘The Mummy’ take down ‘Wonder Woman’ at the box office? Eh, no?

'The Mummy' New York Premiere - Arrivals

Here are some photos from the New York premiere of The Mummy, which went down on Tuesday night. The London premiere was canceled in the wake of the Manchester terrorist attack, so I think this New York premiere is the last big cast event before the film is released on Friday. I’m not sure how The Mummy will do at the box office, but I suspect that the studio (Universal) isn’t counting on a big American debut. Tom Cruise sells well overseas, which is why he’s been crisscrossing the globe to sell the movie, which Universal is hoping will be the first film of their “Monster Universe” launch, with new Dracula and Frankenstein installments to come. The Hollywood Reporter says that no one is expecting The Mummy to do anything better than the #2 position for its opening weekend, because of the strength of Wonder Woman.

So, Tom Cruise still has to sell, sell, sell. And his costars do too, which is why Sofia Boutella and Annabelle Wallis have been all over the place with Cruise, trying to sell this movie. You know what would help sell the movie? If Sofia ditched the itty-bitty baby bangs. Not chic. At the New York premiere, Sofia wore a bridal-esque Rodarte gown which… is too frilly for my taste. Annabelle wore a custom Armani gown which has a beautiful cut.

At the premiere, Cruise told People that he never gets tired of doing these action-adventure movies, and: “I just love these characters because I want to entertain, that’s what I do. I love movies, I’m a big fan of films, and I just love using all my abilities to entertain an audience. And whatever kind of genre I’m in, I apply the same mentality to my dramas and comedies that I do to films on this scale. I’m always thinking of, ‘I want a great story.’ I just want to be entertained!” Much like Johnny Depp, the studios are still stuck on this idea that Cruise is one of the few guys they can build a franchise around. Ugh.

'The Mummy' film premiere - Arrivals

'The Mummy' New York Premiere - Arrivals

'The Mummy' film premiere - Arrivals

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. marc kile says:

    It looks like Mission Impossible with a Mummy same as all his movies wash rinse repeat.

  2. MizJ says:

    I’d be more into this if it felt like they were paying tribute to the originals.

    • third ginger says:

      By originals, do you mean the ones with Brendan Frasier or the actual original with Boris Karloff? If you have not seen the one from the 30’s, give it a try.

      • Harla Jodet says:

        Oh I love the Brandon Frasier Mummy movies! Now you’ve got be interested in seeing the Boris Karloff one. Thanks for the suggestion!

      • MizJ says:

        The old black-and-whites from the thirties! I watched them on late-night TV back when I was a kid and loved them.

        Sorry, Harla, as much as I adore Rachel Weisz, I’ve never managed to watch those remakes all the way through. They’re fine, but same comment: I’d like them to be campy goodness with a healthy dose of Greek Tragedy.

  3. Clare says:

    I’m genuinely surprised people still go see Tom Cruise films.

    But I guess people also still go see Mel Gibson films, so I ought not to be surprised, huh?

    • Mia4s says:

      Yeah and people have a weird nostalgic obsession with these guys (Depp too). Same as the people who still consider DiCaprio a heartthrob because of Titanic when he’s been bloated and blah for years.

      Hey Tom! In the midst of all this travel maybe you could drop by and be an actual father to your daught…HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Yeah right.

      • Pam_L says:

        Are you saying that actors and actresses have a shelf life due to age?

      • Lucinda says:

        No, I think she’s referring to the fact that Depp and Gibson both have a history of abusive behavior, Cruise as a cult member and abuser, and Leo…well, Leo’s just a pig when it comes to women so he’s not really at the same level of douchiness as the others but he certainly isn’t the heart throb he once was which has more to do with his weight than his age.

  4. teacakes says:

    Sofia doesn’t have her fringe/bangs in Streetdance 2, if anyone absolutely must know what she looks like with a bare forehead.

    Fun fact: Streetdance 1 stars Charlotte Rampling. And I didn’t make that up!

  5. FishBeard says:

    I’m amazed that Tom Cruise is still considered for franchise roles as well. Everything about him is so off-putting. Maybe I don’t get his appeal because I was born too late to appreciate his films?

    • Ruth says:

      Maybe because his movies make money

    • Betsy says:

      No, I caught the tail-end of him being great fun to watch so I remember my memories of him fondly – but I can’t say I’d ever sit down to watch one of his movies again. It baffles me that they keep hiring him.

  6. detritus says:

    He’s going to get even more manic as his fame wanes, isn’t he. He’s a negative sales feature for me. oohh… Tom Cruise is in that? Maybe I’ll pass…

  7. Ruth says:

    ‘Much like Johnny Depp, the studios are still stuck on this idea that Cruise is one of the few guys they can build a franchise around. Ugh’

    Well they actually can considering he can make a profit on his movies

  8. third ginger says:

    As Kaiser indicates,THE MUMMY will make most of its money overseas, as many films do. I am old and would not rush out to see a Cruise film. I can’t imagine that young people would, but I could be wrong.

  9. V4Real says:

    I kind of want to see it but I probably won’t until DVD, Demand or my downloaded app I have for current movies.

    Sofia doesn’t look as pretty as she did on the post about her dating Chris Pine. She definitely looks better without the baby Fringe bangs.

  10. Bethy says:

    I’m specifically going to see Wonder Woman this weekend just so I don’t give TC or his movie my money. I won’t support him, or his cult.

    • Melissa says:

      Agree. I would normally have gone to see this, even though I love the Brendan Fraser movies and think they still hold up well to this day. I am not going for the sole reason that Tom Cruise is the lead.

      • Lyssa says:

        Ditto!!! They look good. I want to see it. I just don’t want to see anything with Tom in it.

  11. Chaine says:

    “The Mummy Tompossible”

  12. Ann says:

    Let’s see: post menopausal male actor starring with women half his age? Not on my dime!

  13. I don’t watch tom cruise movies if I can help it. Airplane movies love him though it seems. I just don’t like the idea that a all the money he’s making probably goes to the cult of Scientology

  14. Camil says:

    Well, I’m not a fan of Tom Cruise but I love him as Lestat in Interview with the Vampire. I’m going to see The Mummy on sunday mostly because I’m curious about this dark universe although it sounds a little weird.

  15. Penguen says:

    From the previews, The Mummy looks like a hot mess.

  16. MostlyMegan says:

    I think probably for most of Tom’s life, life has been painful, embarrassing and confusing. No wonder he prefers the land of make-believe movies. Movies are his life and I am sure he wishes his life was a movie. He is wack, but I do feel sorry for him.

  17. No thanks says:

    Not a fan of tom cruise, but this movie is a franchise with Johnny debt ( idiot, abuser, professional mess) so I will not watch instead I will watch Wonder Woman again.

  18. Zuzus Girl says:

    I really like the original Mummy movies with Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. There was a lot of humor, which I think the big franchise movies really need. The Avengers, Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy all have that in common. Tom Cruise does the same movie over and over and he is absolutely humorless in all of them. Plus, not sopporting Scientology in any way, shape, or form.

  19. lucy2 says:

    No interest in this. The commercials are just Tom Cruise running and CGI – no thanks. I used to like him way back in the 80s/90s, but nowadays don’t want to see him in anything, especially when he’s always paired with women 20+ years younger than him. No.

    “I love movies, I’m a big fan of films” anyone hear the Nerdist interview where they asked what his favorite movie(s) were and he couldn’t give an answer, just kept saying “all of them”. That is not someone who loves film, it’s a PR robot.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      I’m sure his favorite movies are his own, At some point, his handlers must have told him that’s not a good answer, so he really can’t come up with anything else. Just look at the Top Gun sequel they’re making — Cruise announced it will be called “Top Gun: Maverick.” He basically named the movie “Top Gun: ME” He’s an egotistical nightmare.

  20. lolok says:

    This just gives me more incentive to rewatch wonder woman this weekend 🙂

  21. Bread and Circuses says:

    It honestly looks to me like it might be an enjoyable summer blockbuster. Not because Cruise is in it, but because he’s never bad in the stuff he’s in, and the movie itself looks fun.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      If you’re looking for “fun,” then you might want to skip this movie. The majority of critics have been using words like “DULL,” “LIFELESS,” “NOISY,” and “LEADEN” to describe this movie — anything but “fun.” Other reviews say “thud”; “depressing”; “muddled”; “wan”; and “stale”; etc. You get the idea. OTOH, it might — and I use the word “might” — be mildly amusing to watch Tom Cruise pump his little legs so furiously, while desperately trying to act tough and smart. I usually get a few chortles from that. But not enough unintentional laughs to make it worth paying money to see.

  22. pipio says:

    this guy is old enough to be my dad and starring against actress half of his age. YUCK!!!!.
    I ‘ll pass.