Universal Pictures’ reboot of The Mummy franchise may yet secure the best-ever global box office opening for a Tom Cruise-headlined blockbuster. That ought to come as welcome news to the studio, not least of all because director Alex Kurtzman’s action/horror film is meant to serve as the launching point for an entire shared cinematic universe of classic Universal monster film reboots (a franchise now officially known as the Dark Universe) that will include such characters as the Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man and the Phantom of the Opera, among others.

Despite that, current projections still have the Patty Jenkins-helmed Wonder Woman defeating The Mummy pretty thoroughly at …

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