The Mummy franchise with Brendan Fraser will be unwrapped on SYFY on Mother’s Day. Time to journey back to the desert with this marathon.
The Mummy starring Brendan Fraser was a huge hit when it opened in May of 1999. Audiences loved the throwback to old time movie serials so much that the film cracked the Top 10 for the year coming in at #8.
Budgeted at $80 M, this pictured grossed over $415 M worldwide. Fraser was at the height of his popularity back then and his role as Rick O’Connell turned him into a hot commodity. The film was even nominated for an Oscar for Best Sound.
Everything about this effort spelled success and the blend of horror and comedy went over exceptionally well. Oddly enough, at the heart of this monster flick was a love story. All Imhotep wanted was to reunite with his beautiful, Anck Su Namun but O’Connell and the archaeologists kept getting in the way. So, he had to destroy whatever crossed his path.
Since audiences enjoyed the film so much, a sequel was ordered and in 2001, The Mummy Returns was released into theaters. Fraser reprised his role and this time, the production broke into the top 5 at the box office for the year.
After a seven-year absence, the franchise was revitalized in 2008 with The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. This time, however, out of sight, out of mind definitely came into play because the third installment dropped out of the top 10 at the box office landing at #21.
Because of the success of The Mummy Returns, a spin-off, The Scorpion King hit the silver screen. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s character from The Mummy Returns was so popular (coincidentally, it was his first acting role), Universal felt he deserved his own movie.
If you want to take a trip back in time and have some fun, SYFY will be running a “Mummy’s Day” marathon on Mother’s Day, May 10. Now, is the time to kick back and re-visit the franchise.
The Happy Mummy’s Day SYFY marathon will run from 1 p.m. -11 p.m. on Sunday, May 10.
What is your favorite The Mummy movie in the franchise? Let us know in the comments.