A case of declining income for the “Fantastic Beasts” TV series

“Fantastic Beasts ․ The third part of the Harry Potter spin-off, according to the studio, opened in North America for 43 million dollars.

That’s enough to make it to the top of the box office, but it’s too low for a franchise. The first film debuted at $ 74.4 million in 2016, and the second, Grindelwald Crimes, opened at $ 62.2 million in 2018. “Dumbledore Secrets”, released by Warner Bros. in 4208 locations in North America, also has $ 200. million production cost.

It’s more common for sequels and triplets to be lower than their predecessors, but Dumbledore also pursues a number of franchise titles that contradict that logic, including Spider-Man. No Way Home »,« Venom 2 »և« Sonic the »: Hedgehog 2 “.

Critics generally disapproved of Dumbledore. With a 49% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, most were negative. AP film writer Jake Coyle wrote in his review that “the purpose of these films has never been felt more than to keep the Potter train running,” that this repetition is “a bit boring.” The audience, 56% of whom were women, was a little kinder, which gave her four stars on PostTrak և overall B + CinemaScore.

The eight Harry Potter films grossed more than $ 7.7 billion, while the first two Fantastic Beasts grossed $ 1.5 billion.

This episode stars Eddie Redman, Jude Law, Ezra Miller, Mads Mickelsen, who replaces Johnny Depp as Grindelwald. In November 2020, when Depp was fired after a failed defamation case against The Sun for an article calling him a “woman beater,” the actor said Warner Bros. asked him to resign, which he agreed to.

As in previous Fantastic Beasts films, however, Dumbledore has high hopes for the international arena. It generates $ 193 million worldwide. Both previous films accounted for more than 70% of their worldwide total international screenings.

“Restoring the original Harry Potter spell, which began in theaters about 20 years ago, is a big deal,” said Paul Dergarapetyan, a media analyst at Comscore. The Fantastic Beasts franchise is shrinking with each passing season, but it still has enough fan base to generate respectable numbers, especially with the international audience, which has always secured the lion’s share of the box office.

Dergarapetyan added that the real test of “Dumbledore” will be the second weekend.

According to Jeff Goldstein, head of internal distribution at Warner Bros., movies are only part of the Wizarding World.

“It’s part of Wizarding World’s bigger strategy, a bigger business that includes theme parks և shops և trade. “Everything is about the whole of these pieces, not the individual,” Goldstein said. “There is still a lot of public interest, a lot of fans.”

In addition, Warner Bros. is celebrating another big movie event. “Batman” exceeded $ 750 million in the world this weekend.

“It’s a huge achievement,” Goldstein said.

In its second weekend, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 fell 58% to $ 30 million, ranking second, according to Paramount. The film has grossed $ 119.6 million so far. Third place went to Paramount with the action-adventure film The Lost City, starring Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum.

On Wednesday, Sony released “Father Stu” in 2705 locations. Starring Mark Wahlberg, who co-sponsored the film, “Father Steve” is based on a true story է is a rare Hollywood film with religious themes. It grossed about $ 8 million in its first five days in theaters and $ 5.7 million over the weekend.

“Father Stu” ranked fifth after “Everything Everywhere All Intough”, an A24 stealth hit that is growing. This weekend, the lively feature film starring Michelle Yeo was shown on 2,220 screens, the widest release to date, earning an additional $ 6.2 million. Its total revenue is $ 17.7 million.

According to Comscore, estimated ticket sales from Friday to Sunday in theaters in the United States and Canada. Internal final figures will be released on Monday.

1. “Fantastic beasts. The Dumbledore Secrets, $ 43 million.

2. “Sonic the Hedgehog 2”, $ 30 million.

3. “The Lost City” – $ 6.5 million.

4. “Everything Everywhere All Include”, $ 6.2 million.

5. “Father Stu”, $ 5.7 million.

6. “Morbius”, $ 4.7 million.

7. “Ambulance”, 4 million dollars.

8. “Batman”, $ 3.8 million.

9. «KGF: Chapter 2 “, $ 2.9 million.

10. “Uncharted”, $ 1.2 million.

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Lindsay Bahr, Associated Press

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