NEW YORK (NYT) - Blame the inexperienced director, Alex Kurtzman, for delivering a mess of a movie. Scratch that: Fault Universal for settling on a script that emphasised action over characters and campy fun.
Actually, perhaps a baggage-laden Tom Cruise was the problem.
Or was it the horror-based marketing campaign?
All of the above?
Whatever the reasons - some analysts also pointed to the continued strength of Wonder Woman which remained No. 1 in its second weekend, collecting about US$57.2 million (S$79 million) - The Mummy arrived to just US$32.2 million in North American ticket sales.
That was a disappointing start for a film that cost hundreds of millions of dollars to make and market and was supposed to stir excitement for Universal's coming cavalcade of monster-movie remakes.
Overseas, The Mummy did much better, taking in a sturdy US$141.8 million.
Wonder Woman has now taken in US$435 million globally.