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Warner Bros.’ Wizarding World is in trouble on the movie side.
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore opened to a tepid $43 million at the domestic box office over Easter weekend after earning $20.1 million Friday, including $6 million in Thursday previews. It is faring better overseas, where it earned another $71 million for a global tally of $193 million (it opened last weekend in select markets).
The $200 million movie — which marks the third installment in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter spinoff franchise — is landing well behind its predecessors. As franchises become ever more important to Hollywood studios, it remains to be seen whether this particular series can keep going.
Directed by David Yates, Secrets of Dumbledore stars Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Mads Mikkelsen, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, William Nadylam, Callum Turner, Jessica Williams and Victoria Yeates.
In 2016, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them debuted to $74.4 million domestically after earning an A CinemaScore. The second installment, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, came in below that, with $62.2 million, or 16 percent. Dumbledore came in 30 percent behind Grindelwald.
Both Grindelwald and Dumbledore earned a B+ CinemaScore.
The Fantastic Beasts series has never caught on in the way Harry Potter did. Complicating matters, there have been plenty of behind-the-scenes drama and production delays due to COVID-19.
Miller, who plays Credence Barebone in all three films, made headlines after appearing to choke a fan outside a club and, most recently, allegedly harassed people at a bar in Hawaii and broke into a couple’s hotel room. Then there is the series progenitor, Rowling, who has spent the past two years expressing her anti-trans views.
And Johnny Depp, who played the Fantastic Beasts villain Gellert Grindelwald in the second installment, left Secrets of Dumbledore when he became embroiled in domestic abuse allegations made by his ex-wife, Amber Heard. (Depp was replaced by Mikkelsen.)
Warner Bros. had a good story to tell with Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which flew past the $750 million mark at the global box office, including $365 million in domestic receipts and $386 million internationally. The film is the top-grossing film of 2022 to date, and one of the biggest of the pandemic.
Other new offerings this weekend include Sony’s religious-themed Father Stu, which tells the true story of a former boxer and two-bit actor who becomes a priest. Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson and Jacki Weaver star. Wahlberg is also one of the film’s producers and put up some of the financing.
Father Stu opened midweek in order to take advantage of kids being out of school for spring break. Sony is projecting a five-day debut of $8 million, including $5.7 million for the weekend itself.
Audiences that turned out for Father Stu certainly liked it, giving it an A CinemaScore and stellar exit polls. The movie did best among blue-collar crowds, and also generated big interest in Helena, Montana, where Father Stu is from.
For the weekend itself, Father Stu placed No. 5.
Among holdovers, Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 came in second in is sophomore outing with $30 million as it jumped the $100 million mark to finish Easter Sunday with a domestic total of $119.6 million and a strong $231.8 million worldwide.
Romantic action-adventure The Lost City — likewise from Paramount — held in well with $6.5 million for a domestic total of $78.6 million and $99 million globally.
Indie breakout Everything Everywhere All At Once, from A24, moved up to No. 4 as it expanded into a total of 2,200 locations. The film grossed $6.2 million for a domestic tally of $17.7 million.
April 16, 8:45 a.m.: Updated with Friday numbers.
April 17, 8:55 a.m.: Updated with revised weekend numbers.
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