“Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” does not enchant the audience, at least, compared to other movies set in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
The final chapter in the prequel epic, which takes place decades before the adventures of Harry, Ron and Hermione, opened at the international box office at the weekend and grossed $ 58 million from 22 overseas markets. This is a sharp drop from “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” in 2018, the previous entry in the fantasy series, which grossed $ 191 million in its international debut. Admittedly, the sequel was played in 79 countries, while the threequel will not have such a big footprint until next weekend, when “The Secrets of Dumbledore” will reach 44 additional markets, including France, Italy, Korea, Brazil and Mexico. “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” also opens next weekend in North America.
A slower start at the international box office is worrying because, although “Harry Potter” is ubiquitous around the world, the series has always been very popular with foreign audiences. For the first two installments of “Fantastic Beasts”, almost 75% of the revenue came from sales abroad.
“Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” welcomed the biggest start in China with $ 10 million, a significant drop from the franchise’s predecessors. By comparison, “The Crimes of Grindelwald” opened with $ 36 million in China and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” in 2016 started with $ 40 million. However, China is currently struggling with increased rates of COVID-19 infection, with about 50% of the country’s theaters currently closed.
Other areas with the highest receipts include Germany with $ 9.4 million, Japan with $ 8.6 million, the United Kingdom with $ 8 million and Australia with $ 3.9 million.
Directed by “Harry Potter” veteran David Gates, “Dumbledore’s Secrets” is worth a whopping $ 200 million. JK Rowling co-wrote the screenplay with Steve Kloves, who wrote the screenplays for many of the “Harry Potter” movies. The latest post turns the spotlight on Hogwarts favorite teacher Albus Dumbledore (played by Jude Law), who collaborates with the notable magician Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmaybe) to prevent the dark wizard M who replaces Johnny Depp) magician world war.
Despite the popularity of “Harry Potter” that defines the fun, the franchise “Fantastic Beasts” failed to capture the same magic at the box office. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” was a commercial success, grossing more than $ 800 million at the global box office. However, the sequel stopped with $ 654 million worldwide, the lowest ticket sales for a movie based on the tradition of Rowling wizards. While $ 650 million in ticket sales is not exactly an annoying result, the film did not live up to box office expectations and showed that the series is already underperforming.
The latest film has received mixed reviews. Variety Peter Debruge called the film a “much improved sequel”, while Nick Schager of The Daily Beast said “this trivial exploitation of IP is a reminder that all good things come to an end”.
At the international box office, “Fantastic Beasts 3” faced stiff competition from “Sonic the Hedgehog 2”. Paramount’s family-friendly sequel “Sonic” added $ 37 million from 53 regions, bringing its overseas account to $ 70 million and the global total to $ 141 million.