A number of classic films have been re-released as a result of the recent poor period in the movie office, which may have been caused by the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes of last year. Along with the continuous re-release of every live-action Spider-Man film, Dune and Shrek 2 had successful recent runs. However, this past weekend saw the re-release of Alien, starring Ridley Scott, and The Mummy, directed by Stephen Sommers, which is commemorating its 25th anniversary this year.

This weekend, more than 1,200 of them played The Mummy in North America. A little over $1 million was produced in three days for the 1999 original film, which was not as successful as Alien’s $1.5 million from 1,700 theatres worldwide or the $1.4 million made in the first three days of the Shrek 2 rerelease a few weeks ago. At this point, The Mummy has made $417 million in total worldwide, of which $156 million has come from domestic theatres. Before being revamped several years later, the movie functioned as a reboot of the beloved Universal Monsters franchise, inspiring two sequels and a spin-off.

Brendan Fraser’s status as one of the major movie stars of the 1990s was further solidified by the picture. Fraser’s career went through a little downturn in the 2010s before making a huge comeback a few years ago with his Oscar-winning role in Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale. In 2001, he played the explorer Rick O’Connell again in The Mummy Returns, an even larger smash that brought in $435 million at the box office worldwide. In Rob Cohen’s 2008 film The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, he reprised his role as Rick. Across the globe, the film brought in $405 million.Sommers went on to direct big-budget films such as Van Helsing and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, but hasn’t directed a feature film in over a decade.

The Mummy Films Global Box Office
The Mummy (1999) $417 million
The Mummy Returns (2001) $435 million
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) $405 million

Fraser’s Three ‘Mummy’ Movies Grossed a Combined Total of $1.2 Billion Worldwide

In 2017, the Mummy franchise was resurrected with the misguided Mummy-themed Tom Cruise car. The movie was supposed to start a common universe of Universal Monsters films, but the $410 million global box office failure and negative reviews killed the entire concept. Following the collapse of the Dark Universe, Universal changed its focus to solo director-driven movies; the company had success with this approach in early 2020 with the release of The Invisible Man. The Mummy, which presently has Arnold Vosloo, John Hannah, and Rachel Weisz in it, is showing in theatres.

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