The Mummy is only the first entry to Universal’s Dark Universe and, in order to entice the audience’s interest, director Alex Kurtzman had a plan. In a new interview, he revealed that the rebooted monster movie was particularly developed to become an anti-Tom Cruise movie.
The first entry to the new monster universe is not being received warmly by critics because it failed to scare or excite the audience. Several publications even called it the worst Tom Cruise movie ever, even if it has recently posted the highest opening weekend for the actor.
Naturally, Kurtzman came to its defense. The screenwriter wanted The Mummy to not only be the first entry to a bigger cinematic universe, but he also created a movie that can stand on its own. Moreover, in a new interview with Business Insider, he revealed that he wanted his new movie to be different from what the audience would normally expect from Cruise.
“We have over 30 years of knowing Tom Cruise is going to save the day,” he explained. “[I]n order to make the movie unpredictable I loved the idea that suddenly his control over the situation would be taken away from him … That got me excited, it felt like it served two purposes in that it honored a key Mummy power but it also made a Tom Cruise movie feel different and interesting.”
Kurtzman definitely had a lot to accomplish with The Mummy. While he certainly has an extensive experience handling big blockbuster franchises, his new movie had to launch a new cinematic universe that will reintroduce several different monsters on the big screen. He also had to honor previous versions of the story including a more successful run with Brendan Fraser as well as come up with an original story that can stand on its own.
Whether Cruise’s Nick Morton will appear in future movies remains to be seen. The next movie to come out from the Dark Universe is Bride of Frankenstein to be directed by Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast). Johnny Depp’s Invisible Man is to follow some time after. Creature From The Black Lagoon, The Phantom Of The Opera, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, Dracula, Wolfman and others are also lined up to be rebooted.
The Mummy Box Office Report
While The Mummy was not the runaway success that Universal hoped that it would be, it still is a money-making machine that ensures the future of the cinematic universe. It suffered huge blows in the U.S., especially in the face of Wonder Woman which has been on the top of the box office list for two weeks now. Variety reported that The Mummy merely made $30 million domestically, far lower than $40 million opening weekend earnings earlier this year.
However, it found its audience in the international market. Outside of the U.S., the movie made $141. 8 million with $52.2 million netted from China, the second largest market in the world, alone. In total, the movie has grossed $174 million in its opening weekend.
That said, while box office figures and critical reviews are disappointing, to say the least, The Mummy is on its way to becoming a success. It already earned its production budget back which was estimated to be at $125 million. It is still scheduled to open in a number of territories in the next few days so numbers are expected to go up albeit not significantly.
The movie also stars Sofia Boutella as Ahmanet, the titular Mummy, with Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll, the head of an organization tasked to hunt supernatural creatures worldwide. Anabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson and Courtney B. Vance also appear.
The Mummy is still playing in theaters worldwide.
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