Box Office Predictions - 'The Mummy' and 'It Comes at Night'
It looks like this is going to be the summer's designated horror-filled weekend because both wide releases are horror-themed films. The somewhat anticipated The Mummy starring Tom Cruise shuffles into theaters along with It Comes at Night, another A24 release starring Joel Edgerton that's been garnering high praise. While it's pretty obvious that Wonder Woman is going to take the cake once again, will The Mummy still be able to put up a decent fight?
The Mummy (Universal)
Prediction: $28 million
A week ago I thought The Mummy had a decent shot at breaking $40 million, but now that its not-so-pretty reviews have hit (21% on RT), I think it will take a pretty significant plunge. That's not to say that it doesn't still have a chance of pulling some decent numbers, I just think that the only shot this had at standing out in the wake of Wonder Woman would have been to have at least good reviews. Still, Tom Cruise is a relative draw and I think people are curious about what Universal is up to with this "Dark Universe", which should be enough to save it from King Arthur-like disaster status.
My prediction for The Mummy is $28 million, and from there I think it should be able to make it to $70 million by the time it exits theaters. Providing it breaks out in a big way overseas, this could still be a profitable film that at least keeps Universal from nixing their Dark Universal plans.
It Comes at Night (A24)
Prediction: $8 million
A24 has been making a big name for themselves lately. You can pretty much always expect high-quality productions from them, and It Comes at Night looks no different. The film is currently garnering some pretty great reviews (91% on RT) and while I don't think that will translate to a huge opening, I do think it will fall right in line with the studios more successful endeavors. I predict that It Comes at Night will make around $8 million for the weekend, and if people like it, it should be able to leg it like The Witch did and come in around $30 million by the time it's all done in theaters.