For the titular character, see Ahmanet.

"Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters."
Dr. Henry Jekyll[src]

The Mummy is a 2017 action-adventure horror film, and the first installment in the Dark Universe. Directed by Alex Kurtzman,[1] The Mummy stars Tom Cruise,[1] Sofia Boutella,[1] Annabelle Wallis,[3] Jake Johnson,[4] Courtney B. Vance,[5] and Russell Crowe.[1][6]

The Mummy premiered on May 22, 2017 at the State Theatre in Sydney, Australia and was released in the United States on June 9, 2017. Upon release, The Mummy garnered mostly negative reviews and eight nominations at the 38th Golden Raspberry Awards,[7] winning Worst Actor.[8]


Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension. From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.[9]


5000 years ago, Princess Ahmanet was promised by her father King Menehptre that she would inherit his throne upon his death. However, when Menehptre bore a son, this left Ahmanet, a woman, ineligible to claim the throne. Ahmanet summoned the Egyptian god of death, Set, in a blood ritual that involved her killing Menehptre as well as her infant brother. The blood of her family gave Ahmanet incredible power, and Ahmanet promised Set that she would give him the body of a mortal man to inhabit, so that they may rule the world as king and queen. However, as she prepared to sacrifice her lover, Ahmanet's actions were discovered by the temple priests, her lover was executed, and she was mummified alive, assumed dead for 5000 years.

In 2017, Nick Morton and Chris Vail, armed with a map, prepare to look for treasure in the city of Mosul, Iraq, so that they may sell it on the black market. Vail, however, believes the mission to be too dangerous. He and Morton argue about whether or not they should go into the city, given that it is full of militants and that the "treasure" was a curse. Eventually, Morton convinces Vail to tag along, although both regret it when they come into contact with and are forced to fight the militants. The duo are rescued by an airstrike called in by Vail, and are forced to explain to their superior Colonel Greenway why they are so far away from where they were supposed to be. Morton is also confronted by Jenny Halsey, whose map he stole. However, their argument is interrupted when the group discovers an Ancient Egyptian tomb in the sand.




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The Mummy was released in the United States on June 9, 2017.

Box office

Budget Box office gross
North America Other territories Worldwide
$125,000,000[2] $80,101,125[2] $327,676,888[2] $407,778,013[2]

Critical reception

Upon release, The Mummy received mostly negative reviews. On the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 16% "Rotten" rating; the site's critical consensus reads, "Lacking the campy fun of the franchise's most recent entries and failing to deliver many monster-movie thrills, The Mummy suggests a speedy unraveling for the Dark Universe."[11]

Matthew Rozsa of writes, "It feels less like a movie than a series of compromises worked out by a corporate committee."[12] Peter Rainer of the Christian Science Monitor writes, "Alex Kurtzman's The Mummy reboots a franchise I would gladly have dispensed with from the start."[13] David Sims of The Atlantic writes, "As the beginning of an ongoing series, it's an utter bore, one with only the faintest grasp of what made Universal's monster pictures so iconic all those decades ago."[14]

Thelma Adams of the New York Observer writes, "You only have to watch the trailer to know that Producer-Director Alex Kurtzman's reboot of Brendan Fraser's once-charming mummy movies is full of embalming fluid."[15] Alison Willmore of BuzzFeed News writes, "The Mummy promises a fantastical world of supernatural beings colliding and collaborating, forgetting that if no one cares about any one of these beings in particular, they're not going to be sold on seeing them together, either."[16] Brian Lowry of writes, "The Mummy is a mess, a movie in such a hurry to introduce more monsters under Universal's "Dark Universe" banner that it comes awkwardly wrapped in impenetrable layers of exposition."[17]

Source Score Consensus
IMDb 5.5/10 (118,077 ratings)[18]
Rotten Tomatoes 16% (259 reviews)[11] Lacking the campy fun of the franchise's most recent entries and failing to deliver many monster-movie thrills, The Mummy suggests a speedy unraveling for the Dark Universe.
Metacritic 34 (44 reviews)[19]


At the 38th Golden Raspberry Awards, The Mummy received eight nominations: Worst Picture; Worst Director; Worst Actor; Worst Supporting Actor; Worst Supporting Actress; Worst Screenplay; Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel; and The Razzie Nominee So Rotten You Loved It.[7][8] The Mummy eventually won Worst Actor.[8]





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  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Universal Pictures Unveils "Dark Universe" with Name, Mark and Musical Theme For Its Classic Monsters Series of Films. Universal Pictures. May 22, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 The Mummy (2017).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Tom Cruise’s ‘Mummy’ Reboot Casts Annabelle Wallis. Kroll, Justin. March 7, 2016.
  4. 4.0 4.1 'New Girl' Star Jake Johnson Joins Tom Cruise in 'The Mummy' (Exclusive). Kit, Borys. March 8, 2016.
  5. 5.0 5.1 'People v. O.J.' Star Courtney B. Vance Joins Tom Cruise in 'The Mummy' Reboot. Kroll, Justin. April 15, 2016.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Yes...Dr. Henry Jekyll M.D, D.C.L, L.L.D, F.R.S etc... at your service. @russellcrowe on Twitter.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Razzies 2018 – Transformers: The Last Knight leads worst films nominations. Pulver, Andrew. January 22, 2018.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 38th Razzie Award "Winners" Announced. Rotten Tomatoes. March 3, 2018.
  9. Tom Cruise's The Mummy Gets an Official Synopsis. Orange, B. Alan. May 6, 2016.
  10. UMU Looks Inside Dr. Jekyll's Briefcase & Reveals a "Dark Universe"!. Biscotti, Steven. May 23, 2017.
  11. 11.0 11.1 The Mummy (2017). Rotten Tomatoes.
  12. How to launch a shared cinematic universe (and how not to). Rozsa, Matthew. June 24, 2017.
  13. 'The Mummy' is a tentpole production with nothing under the tent. Rainer, Peter. June 9, 2017.
  14. The Mummy Is a Monstrous Flop. Sims, David. June 8, 2017.
  15. Tom Cruise Can’t Keep ‘The Mummy’ From Unravelling. Adams, Thelma. June 9, 2017.
  16. “The Mummy” Is A $125 Million Lesson About How Franchises Are Hard. Willmore, Alison. June 8, 2017.
  17. 'The Mummy' awkwardly stumbles into Dark Universe. Lowry, Nick. June 9, 2017.
  18. The Mummy (2017). IMDb.
  19. The Mummy (2017). Metacritic.


Dark Universe [ve]
Films The MummyBride of Frankenstein (unreleased)Untitled Creature from the Black Lagoon film (unreleased)Untitled Invisible Man film (unreleased)Untitled Van Helsing film (unreleased)Untitled Wolf Man film (unreleased)Untitled Frankenstein film (unreleased)Untitled Dracula film (unreleased)Untitled Phantom of the Opera film (unreleased)Untitled Hunchback of Notre Dame film (unreleased)
Comics and manga The Mummy: Dark Stories
Video games The Mummy: Prodigium StrikeThe Mummy: Dark Universe StoriesThe Mummy Demastered
Live attractions The Mummy Escape GameThe Mummy Zero Gravity VR Experience
Soundtracks The Mummy: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
See also Dark Universe (film studio)Minor CharactersMonsters LegacyTimelineUniversal Pictures
The Mummy (2017) poster
The Mummy (2017) poster
This article is part of Project The Mummy, a Dark Universe Wiki Project that aims to write comprehensive articles centered around the 2017 film The Mummy.