Opinion - 'The Mummy' was not a Complete Failure
I have seen countless articles, almost daily, that keep spinning Universal's first "Dark Universe" film as a utter bomb. Never before have I seen such blind hatred for a film and such reluctance to say anything even remotely positive about a movie. While The Mummy is indeed a disappointment in many respects, it is not remotely the dead fish at the box office that many keep claiming it to be.
The Mummy which opened just under two weeks ago to around $32 million at the domestic box office, and cost a reasonable $125 million to produce is not the breakout success like many other extended universe start-ups were, that's true. However, the film has already nearly crossed $300 million globally, which is almost three times its budget. Sure, the film's domestic take is disappointing, but this movie is so far killing it overseas and if the reported budget is accurate, this could very well end up making a little chunk of change by the time it shuffles out of theaters.
Much has been said about it's disappointing box office take in the states, and yes, it is disappointing when you compare it to other box office duds such as The Lone Ranger and John Carter. It's very much a real possibility that the movie doesn't make it past $100 million, but that should not be the barometer for The Mummy's success. For one, the duds I listed costed double what The Mummy cost, and they also didn't have great showings overseas where the Mummy seems to be thriving. When a movie makes three times its budget, while it still might not be that profitable, it is far from your typical dud.
Let's talk about the reviews, which I think are the main factor contributing to the poisonous word-of-mouth this film is receiving on social media. There are not many out there who like this film. No, the film's not good at all, but I think there's some unspoken rebellion against films like this that try to have their cake and eat it, too. The Mummy is honestly more of a preview for what's to come than a self-contained story, and that pisses people off, and justifiably so. But I think the pendulum has swung too far to the point where it's financial situation is being mis-reported in an attempt to bury this universe six-feet-deep before it even gets a chance at a second film.
Even domestically, this film is proving that it has at least some legs. The movie dropped 54% in its second weekend, which might sound like a lot, but is actually quite good for a horror-themed film, especially during the summer where most blockbuster's live very short lives before they are ushered out of theaters in favor of the next big thing. If The Mummy can crawl its way to $90 million, that leaves some hope that there is something drawing people to this newly-minted franchise.
What I'm trying to say is lets just be fair. No, the movie is not good and you might hate what it's selling, but lets at least be a little more down-to-earth about how its actually performing. The Mummy is not certainly a blockbuster that is setting the world alight, but it ain't the King Arthur: Legend of the Sword-type bomb that everyone seems to be proclaiming it is.