The Dark Universe has officially launched – now that Dracula Untold is being ignored – and it’s already off to a shaky start. While The Mummy is likely to break even in a financial sense, there’s no doubt that it’s been a disappointment, both to fans and the studio. The Tom Cruise headliner has received weak reviews and underwhelming domestic box-office, and even though Universal Studios has announced a whole slate of movies featuring their classic monsters in one shared world, there doesn’t seem to be much audience excitement surrounding them.

There’s still time to course correct, and if the forthcoming movies manage to ...

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