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Wonder Woman cruises over The Mummy

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NEW YORK (AP):

Tom Cruise was no match for Wonder Woman.

Warner Bros' Wonder Woman wrapped up Cruise's The Mummy at the weekend box office, pulling in an estiated US$57.2 million in North American cinemas, according to studio estimates Sunday. Universal's The Mummy looked its age, selling a relatively feeble US$32.2 million in tickets in its debut weekend.

That couldn't compete with Wonder Woman in its second weekend. The Gal Gadot superhero film, directed by Patty Jenkins, has quickly earned US$205 million domestically in two weeks

Critics slammed The Mummy, directed by Alex Kurtzman. It has a dismal 17 per cent "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences agreed, giving it a a B-minus CinemaScore.

The success of Wonder Woman - now with US$435 million globally - also points to a Warner Bros pivoting after a poor response to previous DC Comics releases (Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman).

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore, said The Mummy opening showed the challenge of launching a franchise with North American audiences, who are more deterred by bad reviews.

Writer-director Trey Edward Shults' It Comes at Night aimed for more discerning horror fans. His thriller sold a modest

US$6 million in tickets.

The box-office reign of Wonder Woman is all but certain to end next weekend when Pixar's Cars 3 opens.

Following are the estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian cinemas, according to comScore.

1. Wonder Woman, US$57.2 million (US$58.1 million international).

2. The Mummy, US$32.2 million (US$141.8 million international).

3. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, US$12.3 million (US$1.7 million international).

4. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tells (US$10.7 million ($34.8 million international).

5. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, US$6.2 million (US$2.2 million international).

6. It Comes at Night, US$6 million.

7. Baywatch, $4.6 million ($10.7 million international).

8. Megan Leavey, US$3.8 million.

9. Alien: Covenant, US$1.8 million (US$1.6 million international).

10. Everything, Everything, US$1.6 million.