They need a lot more than that to justify the greater expenditure. Simply making money is not enough for a huge undertaking like the Dark Universe — it needs to make enough to defray the development costs of the other planned instalments. Making a small profit doesn't cut it. Undoubtedly, this wasn't helped by Tom Cruise's price. The days of big-name actors like Cruise or Depp selling the movie on name alone are, by all accounts, gone — or at least on the decline. That being so, the Conjuring universe's rejection of big names to plaster on their movie posters was a far more sensible move.
Another fatal flaw for the Dark Universe: first impressions matter.
Not every entry in the Conjuring universe is stellar, and even The Nun was far from being a top-tier horror flick. But the original film in the franchise was acclaimed by both fans and critics alike, and although Annabelle came in between the two, The Conjuring 2 was likewise a critical darling. The Dark Universe has nothing to compare.
It's damning that their first attempt to launch the universe, Dracula Untold , was so critically panned that they played down its link to the universe following release. The second attempt at launching the universe with The Mummy failed again. It's hard to imagine that there is much faith left in future instalments based on their record so far. There's still time for Universal to turn around their entry into the world of cinematic universes, but the odds are against them at this point. Expecting a direction change towards something in line with the Conjuring Universe would be unrealistic, but Universal should still be taking notes.
Officially, Bride of Frankenstein and The Wolfman are still in development. The Dark Universe could still rise from the dead to right the wrongs of its previous titles.
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Did you spot this Conjuring timeline problem? Annabelle 3 gets Conjuring universe back on track. A timeline of The Conjuring universe. Annabelle Comes Home's first reviews are in. In his first round match against Dabura, he kept his power exactly the same as it was during the cell games, in order to hide his progress to his adversaries. In his second round match against Bojack in his Super state , Cell showed a portion of his true power which completely outclasses Bojack, proving that he's far stronger than a Super Saiyan 2 tier warrior.
He then proceeds to toy with and easily kill Bojack, taking all the latter's most powerful attacks completely unfazed. In his third round match against Tapion and Hirudegarn, Cell uses a significant portion of his true power to challenge the beast, all for in the name of training.
With this, Cell was able to fight the beast evenly, even noting that the fight will take forever due to their unique strengths and powers. Receiving a zenkai near the conclusion of the fight, Cell's power increased dramatically, being able to easily cleave Hirudegarn in half, when previously, his attacks failed to harm the beast. However, he noted that it was still not enough to compete against a specific opponent.
Despite all of his attained powers and strengths, Cell knows that he is vastly inferior to Vegetto and is fixated on surpassing him no matter what. Vegetto on the other hand, considers Cell to be one of the strongest participants in the tournament, and wishes to have a private spar with him someday even though Vegetto himself knows he is far stronger of the two. After becoming a Majin, Cell's strength has increased to an unknown degree.
Prior to the majin boost it is stated in the novel that he is no match for universe 16 gohan. After becoming a Majin, he was able to gain a slight upper hand against universe 16 gohan. He is shown to be powerful enough to easily restrain Gohan and Piccolo, although he could do so for the former by taking Videl hostage. Cell was nonetheless durable enough to withstand a surprise Kamehameha wave fired by Universe 18 Gohan with without no visible damage with the exception of his tail, whereas the blast radius was powerful enough the obliterate the left side of Piccolo's arm.
Superhuman Speed : Cell can move and fly at hypersonic speeds, enabling him the ability to travel great distances in short periods of time, or move at "untrackable" speeds while in combat. Used to kill Vegeta during the Cell Games. Eye Laser: A thin, concentrated blast of energy fired from the eyes.
Used against Bojack during the third round. Kamehameha: A powerful azure energy wave that can deal massive damage. Solar Kamehameha: A unique "Super" version of the regular kamehameha wave that can deal massive amounts of damage and powerful enough to destroy the entire solar system. In his universe, Cell used it in a beam struggle with Super Saiyan 2 Gohan. Without Vegeta's intervention, Cell was easily able to obliterate Gohan with the Kamehameha. However, it dissipated when Dabura attacked the shield directly at its stress point. Perfect Shot: A powerful finger blast that can incapacitate even the most sturdiest of opponents.
Used to kill Vegeta in his universe, but Gohan intervenes and takes the damage instead. Also called Time to Die or the Perfect Finisher. Death Beam: A concentrated energy projectile that fired from the finger tips. Used to kill Trunks in his universe upon surviving his own self-destruction.
Cell used it against Dabura, who was barely able to dodge it. Cell used it to blind Dabura and the audience. However, Dabura used Afterimage Strike and cut into Cell from behind using his sword.
Regeneration : From Piccolo's Namekian DNA, Cell is able to regenerate from virtually any wound, no matter how severe it is, from being sliced into half to decapitation. Self-Destruct: The act of blowing yourself up by swelling up your body with potent ki. Used as a last ditch effort to destroy the Earth and Gohan, but ultimately fails in his Sem-Perfect form.
Also called Explosion or Unforgivable. Multi-Form: The unique ability to split yourself into multiple individuals. Has yet to be utilized by Cell, though his second son was seen using this technique against Gast in the novel. Final Flash: A incredibly dangerous energy wave that deals massive damage. Has yet to be utilized by Cell, though his second son was seen using this technique against Gast.
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Special Beam Cannon: A powerful energy beam that can drill through opponents. Cell used this technique originally developed by Piccolo to mortally wound Dabura. Dirty Fireworks: A technique originally developed by Vegeta. The user outstretches two fingers and fires a telekinetic wave of energy which causes the opponent to explode. Cell used it to kill his first Cell Jr.
Chain Destructo Disc: A barrage of multiple energy disks.