LINDSEY BAHR, AP film writer
“Fantastic Animals: Dumbldore’s Secrets” started off less miraculously in US and Canadian cinemas on the first weekend. On Sunday, the study estimated the third installment in the Harry Potter series in North America was $ 43 million.
That was enough for the film to top the box office lists, but it’s also a low part of the franchise. The first film debuted at 74.4 million. USD in 2016 and the second Grindelwald Crimes in 2018. amounted to 62.2 million. million production cost.
It is common for sequels and three sequels to be less expensive than their predecessors, but Dumbledor also follows a number of franchise names that disregarded this logic, including Spiderman: No Way Home, Venom 2 and Sonic the Sonic “. Hedgehog 2.
Critics were largely unrelated to Dumbldoro. With a 49% rating for Rotten Tomatoes, the majority were negative. AP filmmaker Jake Coyle wrote in his review that “the purpose of these films has never been as great as supporting the Potter train,” and that this iteration is “a little boring.” Viewers, 56% of whom were women, were a little more pleasant, so PostTrak received four stars and an overall B + CinemaScore.
Eight Harry Potter films have earned more than $ 7.7 billion, and the first two films, Fantastic Beast, have earned a total of $ 1.5 billion.
Starring Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Ezra Miller and Mads Mikkelsen, who replaced Johnny Depp in the role of Grindelwald. 2020 In November, after Deppo’s unsuccessful case of defamation against the tabloid The Sun for an article in which he was named “wife-beater,” the actor said Warner Bros. asked him to resign and that he agreed.
However, as in previous Fantastic Beast films, Dumbldor has more hope internationally. Its worldwide revenue is 193 million. Both previous films accounted for more than 70% of all world films from international performances.
“Recovering the original magic of Harry Potter, which began in cinemas about 20 years ago, is a big task,” said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst at Comscore. “The Fantastic Beasts franchise, while declining in return with each subsequent installment, still has enough dedicated fans to bring together a respectable number, especially with an international audience that has always provided the lion’s share of the box office for these films.
Dergarabedian added that the real test for Dumbldor will be the second weekend.
Moreover, as Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. ‘head of internal distribution, pointed out, the films are just one part of the wizarding world.
“It’s part of a larger wizarding world strategy that includes theme parks, shops and shopping. It all depends on the totality of these works, and not on one alone, ”Goldstein said. “There is still a lot of public and fan interest.
In addition, Warner Bros. is celebrating an important milestone in the next film: Batman topped $ 750 million worldwide this weekend.
“It’s a huge achievement,” Goldstein said.
According to Paramount, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 fell 58% in the second weekend, earning about $ 30 million. USD and took second place. The film has so far earned 119.6 million. Third place also went to Paramount with the action adventure “Lost City” starring Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum.
Sony also released Father Stu in 2,705 locations on Wednesday. Mark Wahlberg, who funded the film, plays “Father Stu,” based on a true story, and is a rare major Hollywood film with a religious theme. It is estimated that he earned $ 8 million in the first five days of the movie theater, and $ 5.7 million over the weekend.
Father Stu took fifth place after Everything Everywhere All At Once, a growing A24 hit. This weekend, the bustling interdimensional film starring Michelle Yeoh was shown on 2,220 screens – the widest film released to date – and earned an additional $ 6.2 million. Its total profit is 17.7 million.
According to Comscore, ticket sales are expected in cinemas in the United States and Canada from Friday to Sunday. The final internal figures will be announced on Monday.
1. Fantastic Animals: The Secrets of Dumbldor, 43 million.
2. Sonic the Hedgehog 2, 30 million
3. “Missing City”, 6.5 mln.
4. “Everything everywhere, everything at once”, 6.2 million.
5. Father Stu, 5.7 million.
6. Morbius, 4.7 million.
7. “Ambulance”, 4 mln.
8. Batman, 3.8 million
9. KGF: Chapter 2, EUR 2.9 million
10. Uncharted, 1.2 million
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