Annabelle Wallis and Tom Cruise in The Mummy

Is Universal’s Dark Universe dead on arrival? There is certainly no lack of doomsaying about the prospects of Universal Pictures continuing their plan of building a shared movie universe with their array of classic movie monsters in the mold of Marvel Studios. The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella as the titular monster, is the opening chapter of Universal’s Dark Universe, and after its opening weekend performance, the consensus is that the future of the Dark Universe looks bleak. When the final numbers for the weekend of June 9-11, 2017 were tallied, The Mummy grossed $31-million – hardly a blockbuster or a solid foundation to build a new ...

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