Despite its weak domestic box office and scathing reviews, Tom Cruise’s The Mummy could still be in line for a sequel. This is thanks to its global numbers.
The film is currently at $407.8 million worldwide. No doubt Cruise’s immense popularity overseas is responsible for the majority of that money.
The movie starred Cruise as an archaeologist/adventurer who becomes mixed up in a paranormal fight against an ancient Mummy (Sofia Boutella).
The Mummy left things wide open for a sequel with Cruise’s character gaining supernatural powers and leaving to travel the world with his resurrected best friend.
Co-starring Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, the film was supposed to launch Universal’s monster franchise Dark Universe.
In addition to Cruise and Crowe, the studio has already announced Javier Bardem as Frankenstein and Johnny Depp as the Invisible Man. The next movie scheduled for release is Bride of Frankenstein February 15, 2019.
The movie had an anemic $31 million domestic opening and finished with $80 million total. While numbers like this wouldn’t normally lead to a second go round, it’s a safe bet that Universal is hoping it can use Cruise’s international appeal to give the franchise a better launch.
This seems like a big gamble for a film that Deadline projected to lose $95 million.
No matter what happens it’s going to take more than Tom Cruise pulling off some crazy stunt to wipe away the stench of the first movie’s failure.
Are you interested in a sequel to The Mummy?