Box Office: ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ opens for ownership — low $ 43 million

The third episode of the “Harry Potter” spin-off series “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” grossed $ 43 million, which was disabled at its domestic box office debut.

In times of epidemics, those ticket sales were enough to stay at the top of the box office rankings this weekend and be one of the biggest North American openings of 2022. But J.K. This is a sign that Rowling’s lucrative and ever-expanding wizarding world is short of magic. Due to mixed reviews and growing indifference to the Breakwell series star Newt Schamender (Eddie Redmain) and the company, “The Secrets of Dumbledore” is off to a bad start for a “Harry Potter” -like movie. (Its predecessor, 2016’s “Wonderful Beasts and Where to Find Them” launched in North America for $ 74 million, while the 2018 sequel “The Crimes of Grindelwald” grossed $ 62 million.)

The declining enthusiasm for “wonderful beasts” is problematic because witchcraft and sorcery are not cheap. Warner Bros. spent $ 200 million to produce “The Secrets of Dumbledore” and the studio spent millions more to promote the film to audiences around the world. Like the owner’s previous entries, “The Secrets of Dumbledore” relied on the international box office to make money in its theaters. The first two “Fantastic Beasts” installments – ending with $ 814 million worldwide and $ 650 million worldwide – accounted for almost 75% of overseas sales.

Even “Fantastic Beasts 3” has attracted a large number of foreign audiences. “The Secrets of Dumbledore” has grossed $ 193 million worldwide since its release in several overseas markets last weekend. But the stability of COVID-19 is that it has closed 50% of theaters at the box office in China, while Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has denied access to Hollywood films. Those limitations were hard for all blockbusters. Since the outbreak began in 2020, only five Hollywood movies have grossed at least $ 500 million worldwide at the box office. One movie that has no difficulty in breaking that standard is “The Batman”, which is Warner Bros. This weekend, the comic book adventure starring Robert Pattinson grossed over $ 750 million worldwide.

David Yates, the veteran of “Harry Potter”, is directing the third episode of the prequel series, which follows the beloved Hogwarts professor Albus Dumbledore (portrayed by Jude Law). But as mentioned in the title of the movie he is only one of a couple dumbledores with “secrets”. In “Fantastic Beasts 3”, Rowling and another “potter”, Alam Steve Gloves, co-wrote with the team to defeat a young (er) Albus and Skemanter, a notable wizard, Gellard Grindelwald (Mates Mickelson, alternatively). Johnny Depp) since a magician provoked World War II. The cast includes Ezra Miller, Dan Fokler, Alison Sudoll, Callum Turner and Jessica Williams.

That’s Variety Peter Debruz called the film a “highly improved sequel.” The prequel story, which precedes the adventures of Harry, Ron and Hermione, is supposed to own five films, but Warner Bros. executives are waiting to see how “The Secrets of Dumbledore” is obtained by viewers before the four films are released. And five green lights. “Fantastic Beasts 3” received a “B +” cinemascore, the same quality as its predecessor. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” received high marks and “A-” rating from moviegoers.

Off-screen, “Fantastic Beasts” is a controversial magnet. As the box office ticket sales plummeted, the series suffered a setback due to Rowling’s controversial comments about gender and gender identity and allegations of domestic abuse that drove Debbie out of ownership. Miller, who also played the lead role in the latest film, was recently arrested for disorderly conduct and harassment, although the temporary restraining order against the actor was newly dropped.

While moviegoers may not be aware of all the slander of “wonderful beasts” at Warner Bros., it has become a headache, as the series has not made money in its theaters. However, Harry Potter’s Guide World is more than just a movie franchise. The fantastic universe has yielded lucrative theme parks, live events and Broadway drama, as well as a wealth of consumer products and the success of home entertainment.

Another major release this weekend, Sony’s R-rated optimistic drama “Father Stu”, failed its domestic debut, grossing only $ 5 million from 2,705 North American theaters. The film, which was pushed to fifth place, has grossed $ 8 million since Wednesday. Mark Wallberg, who starred in the film with Mel Gibson, used his own money to produce “Father Stew” and incur additional costs for the production of Covid-19.

Gibson’s partner Rosalind Rose wrote and directed the film, which tells the story of Father Stuart Long, a priest who became a boxer, and his inspiring journey to recovery from self – destruction. Gibson’s first major studio film after Paramount Pictures’ “Daddy’s Home 2” in 2017 was “Father Stud”. Gibson has been working with Lionscat and Saban Films on small Indian and straight-to-stream action films for the past decade, making headlines for anti-Semitism and racism.

Many holders have a lot to celebrate over the weekend, including “Sonic the Hedgehog 2,” “The Lost City” and “Everything Everything at Once”. After all, a romantic comedy (“The Lost City”) and an indie movie (“Everything Everything at Once”) are no more common than a big superhero movie (Sony’s “Morpheus”) in the box office rankings. And an explosive Michael Bay movie (Universal’s “Ambulance”).

At No. 2, Paramount’s family-friendly “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” jumped $ 30 million from 4,258 theaters, down 58% over the second weekend of its release. As “Sonic 2” continues to captivate viewers, the film has grossed $ 119.6 million in North America to date.

Sandra Bullock and Channing Totem’s romantic action-adventure “The Lost City” came in third on the second weekend. The film also grossed $ 6.5 million in theaters for the fourth weekend from Paramount Pictures, bringing its domestic gross to $ 78.5 million.

The A24’s over-load “Everywhere All At Once” enjoyed another impressive run, advancing to fourth place with $ 6.1 million from 2,220 screens. Directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert and starring Michelle Yeoh in the multiverse action-adventure-comedy-fantasy-science-fiction mashup, the indie film has grossed $ 17.6 million so far.

In sixth and seventh place, respectively, “Morpheus” added $ 4.7 million to 3,462 seats, while “Ambulance” amassed $ 4 million from 3,412 seats. “Morbius”, which previously opened in theaters in April, has grossed $ 65 million to date. “Ambulance”, which debuted on the big screen last weekend, has since grossed $ 15 million.

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