10 Movies In 2017 That Should Have Flopped (But Didn't)

10. The Mummy

The Mummy
Universal Pictures

Box Office: $409.1 million

Though Tom Cruise does tend to be a pretty reliable box office stalwart, he's certainly not bullet-proof, as last year's Jack Reacher: Never Go Back proved by grossing an underwhelming $162 million (over $50 million less than the original).

As a wildly unnecessary reboot that nobody really asked for, complete with Universal's desperate desire to push their planned Dark Universe, The Mummy had box office failure written all over it.

Then China went and saved it.

Though the film embarrassingly only grossed $80.1 million in North America (less than 20% of its worldwide total), it raked in a strong $91.5 million from China alone, ensuring that though the film wasn't the $600-700 million smash Universal was hoping for, it wasn't the flop initial reports suggested either.

The brakes have been put on the Dark Universe for now, but considering how dire things were looking for this movie, the fact it doubled its budget with change to spare is pretty impressive (and depressing).


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