The Mummy box office

Universal looks like they’re feeling pretty good about their universe of classic monsters. Long before The Mummy hits theaters and tries to get this universe started, the studio claimed two release dates – one in 2018, the other in 2019 – for two unknown monster movies. The release dates could be the Johnny Depp-led The Invisible Man, David Koep’s take on Bride of Frankenstein, or The Wolfman from writer Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners).

But do audiences want these classic monsters updated? We’ll have some idea next month when Alex Kurtzman‘s (Star Trek) film comes out, which is currently tracking to make $40 million its opening weekend.

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The Mummy trailer 3

Universal has just released a third full-length trailer for The Mummy, the Tom Cruise vehicle that the studio intends to use as a jumping-off point for its new cinematic universe of classic monsters.

This new look at the film rounds out a few more pieces of information about Cruise’s character – including the idea that our protagonist must embrace his inner monster if he ever wants to defeat Sofia Boutella’s ancient creature. Come for the classic “Tom Cruise running” shots, stay for the new spin on old mythology. Take a look at the new The Mummy trailer below.
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The Mummy featurette

Remember Tom Cruise, one of the stars of Cocktail? I guess he’s some kind of hotshot action star now, and apparently – get this – he does a lot of his own stunts. How about that?

I kid, I kid. If you’ve paid even the slightest amount of attention to mainstream American filmmaking over the past decade, you’ve likely seen tons of stories about Cruise hanging from the wing of an airplane as it took off or being strapped to the outside of the world’s tallest building. To the delight of audiences everywhere, he’s reclaimed his reputation from that couch-jumping incident and rebranded himself as the guy who does big stunts for real. That tradition continues with his next action flick, The Mummy, which comes out next month. We’ve already seen him do some zero gravity moves in an airplane, but now there’s a whole new featurette dedicated to Cruise’s stunt prowess. Check out The Mummy featurette below.
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The Mummy featurette

We can usually rely on Tom Cruise to save our world in the movies. But in The Mummy, he helps to bring about its destruction by discovering one pissed off mummy, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella) to be exact. Once again, the world will call upon Tom Cruise to save us all in Alex Kurtzman‘s film (even if it’s his fault this time), which is the first entry in the potential Universal Monster Universe.

Below, watch The Mummy featurette, which contains a decent amount of new footage from the adventure movie.

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The Mummy TV spot

The summer movie season hasn’t started yet, but after The Fate of the Furious‘ monster opening weekend at the box office, it almost feels like it’s already begun. Two other mega popcorn movies coming up are The Mummy and Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Director Alex Kurtzman will try to launch the monster universe, while Kon-Tiki directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg attempt to breathe new life into the Pirates franchise.

Below, watch The Mummy TV spot and a new look at Pirates 5.

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The Mummy Zero Gravity Stunt

Anyone who loves Tom Cruise knows that the actor can’t help but tackle some kind of crazy new stunt for his blockbuster action movies. They’ve become a staple of the Mission: Impossible franchise, and now he’s bringing that same spectacle to The Mummy.

In the new action adventure tentpole that will mark the beginning of a Universal Monsters cinematic universe, there will be a zero gravity action sequence that takes place in a cargo plane. We’ve already gotten a taste of this sequence in the first trailer for The Mummy and the featurette that arrived shortly thereafter. Now a new behind the scenes video gives us a closer look at The Mummy zero gravity stunt. Read More »

Spider-Man Spin-Off ‘Venom’ Coming In 2018

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Sony Pictures has dated a movie focusing on Spider-Man villain Venom for October 5, 2018Alex Kurtzman has signed on to direct the film. (Update: Exhibitor Relations announced the date and failed to update that Alex isn’t directing.) Hit the jump for more details on the Venom movie.

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van helsing reboot

Universal’s last Van Helsing movie didn’t do any favors for the monster hunter’s name, but the stench of that misfire is now long gone. While director Stephen Sommers made Helsing’s world largely ridiculous and low on scares, screenwriters Jon Spaihts (Passengers) and Eric Heisserer (Arrival) are interested in grounding the character. As Heisserer recently put it, he wants to make Van Helsing someone with no extraordinary powers saving the day in a story that’s “as scary as possible.”

Below, read what else the Academy Award nominated screenwriter had to say about the new Van Helsing movie.

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X-Men Changed The Mummy

The titular movie monster in Universal’s reboot of The Mummy is already drastically different than any previous incarnation because this is the first time the undead terror has been played by a woman. Sofia Boutella is the monster at the center of the movie, however, the original plan wasn’t going to be all that innovative. But thanks to a decision made by the X-Men franchise, the entire design of The Mummy was changed.

Director Alex Kurtzman sat down for a recent interview and revealed how X-Men changed The Mummy design, saying that the original design for the monster was a male. Find out why they changed the design after the jump. Read More »

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The Mummy featurette

Tom Cruise brings a lot of respectability to The Mummy. More than one would maybe expect from the first entry in the potential Universal Monster Movie Universe, partly because it’s following up the disastrous Van HelsingThe Wolfman, and, a movie erased from the new world of monsters, Dracula Untold. Universal has struggled to bring their iconic monsters back to the big screen in the past, but Cruise’s involvement in this universe, especially after seeing him in the solid trailer, inspires some confidence — and maybe because you know you’re usually in for a fun time with most movies starring Tom Cruise.

Below, watch The Mummy featurette, which features footage not shown in the trailer.

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