Hitting theaters just over a week ago, Universal’s The Mummy serves as the kickoff to the studio’s new Dark Universe, featuring modern interpretations of classic monsters.
Unfortunately, those films will be much more focused on providing action and adventure than horror, although that doesn’t mean that they couldn’t still be good. What most people seem to agree on though – at least stateside – is that the Tom Cruise-fronted Mummy ended up being a huge disappointment.
Critics have not been kind, with some unleashing reviews so vicious that they almost count as the written equivalent of a punch to the face followed by a kick to the groin. The Mummy’s performance at the domestic box office has also underwhelmed, earning a mere $56 million stateside as of this writing.
Luckily for Universal – and the future prospects of the Dark Universe – overseas audiences have received The Mummy much more warmly, with the film’s worldwide gross now up to $295 million. That’s more than double its $125 million estimated production budget, although it’s unclear if that equals a profit yet.
In recent days, reports have emerged that attempted to blame The Mummy’s critical and domestic failures on star Cruise, asserting that he took control of the set. Those same reports also claimed that director Alex Kurtzman – helming only his second feature – was in over his head, and happy to let Cruise run the show.
While those reports have yet to garner any kind of official response from either man, Kurtzman was recently asked by Business Insider what he thought of the fact that critics were ripping apart his movie. For the most part, he really doesn’t seem to care all that much:
“Obviously, that’s disappointing to hear. The only gauge that I really use to judge it is having just traveled around the world and hearing the audiences in the theaters. This is a movie that I think is made for audiences and in my experience, critics and audiences don’t always sing the same song. I’m not making movies for [critics]. Would I love them to love it? Of course, everybody would, but that’s not really the endgame. We made a film for audiences and not critics so my great hope is they will find it and they will appreciate it.”
Sure, Kurtzman acknowledges that reading reviews that mean “kills your soul” a bit, but as seen above, that doesn’t mean he’s gonna let it get to him too much. Good for him, really, no matter what one thinks of The Mummy. You can’t please everyone, and nowhere is that truer than in Hollywood.