Tom Cruise fights a group of monsters in “The Mummy,” which also features Russell Crowe, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Javier Boutet, Courtney Vance, Marwan Kenzari and Jake Johnson. “The Mummy” is interconnected with Universal’s new “Dark Universe” series. The studio strives to capitalize on the success of Marvel’s superhero film franchise, but is “The Mummy” worth a watch?

Directed by Alex Kurtzman and scripted by David Koepp, “The Mummy” hit the theaters on June 9, 2017. Early projections revealed that this film would gross something from $30 to $60 million in its opening weekend.

Unfortunately, “The Mummy” has not touched the caliber of “Wonder Woman,” a superhero movie directed by Patty Jenkins.

Why did ‘The Mummy’ fail?

The film has failed because it lacks impressive action sequences. Even the presence of Sofia Boutella, Tom Cruise, and Dylan Kussman could not save “The Mummy” at the box office. The monster movie premiered at the State Theater, Sydney, on May 22, 2017, and was theoretically released on June 9. It has received negative comments from critics and audiences.

According to Box Office Mojo, “The Mummyhas grossed only $400 million at the global box office. “Wonder Woman,” on the other hand, has grossed over $440 million in just two weeks. Before its release, everyone expected that “The Mummy” will give a tough competition to “Wonder Woman.”

As of June 14, 2017, the monster film has grossed $38 million in the United States and Canada, which is not a good beginning for a Tom Cruise movie.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film lacks an impressive story and focuses more on atmosphere and characters than on horror scares.

Overall ratings of the movie

Variety says that “The Mummy” has been criticized for its shoehorned plot and poor star performances. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, its approval rating is only 17% based on 187 critics.

On Metacritic, its average score is 34 out of 100 based on 45 reviews.

On CinemaScore, the film gets an average grade of “B” on an A+ to F scale. David Ehrlich from IndieWires says that “The Mummy” is the worst Tom Cruise movie.

It lacks originality and has poor visual effects. Vince Mancini from Uproxx gives the film negative comments, writing that Universal should not proceed with the development of “Dark Universe” film series as “The Mummy” has nothing impressive.

Tom Cruise reportedly took control of the film during production and tried his best to come up the expectations of fans. With a reported production budget of $124 million, “The Mummy” is one of the major flops this summer.