Movies this weekend: The sequel to ‘Wonderful Animals’ opens

The Harry Potter spin-off opens at $ 43 million in North America – enough to secure first place at the box office, but a low for the franchise.

New York – “Marvelous Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets” began less magically in its first weekend in U.S. and Canadian theaters. The third episode of the Harry Potter spin-off opens for $ 43 million in North America, according to studio estimates on Sunday.

That was enough to secure the film first place at the box office, but it was also a slump for the franchise. The first film premiered at $ 74.4 million in 2016 and the second, “The Crimes of Grindelwald” opened at $ 62.2 million in 2018. “The Dumbledore Secrets,” released by the Warner Brothers in 4,208 locations in North America, also carries a $ 200 million production price tag.

It’s more common than not that sequels and three films come lower than their predecessors, but “Dumbledore” also follows a number of franchise titles that have defied this logic, including “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” “Venom 2” and “Sonic the Hedgehog 2.”

Most of the critics were not partners in “Dumbledore”. With a 49% rating on the Rotten Tomatoes, most of them came on the negative side. AP filmmaker Jake Coyle wrote in his review that “the purpose of these films has never felt like much beyond keeping the Potter train running” and that this iteration is “a bit boring”. The audience, which was 56% women, was a bit gracious, giving it four stars on PostTrak and a B + CinemaScore rating.

The eight Harry Potter films were responsible for more than $ 7.7 billion at the box office, while the first two “Marvelous Beasts” films grossed $ 1.5 billion in total.

This episode stars Eddie Redmine, Jude Law, Ezra Miller and Mads Mickelsen, who replaced Johnny Depp as Grindelwald. In November 2020, following Depp’s failed libel case against the tabloid Sun newspaper over an article mourning him as “hitting women,” the actor said the Warner Brothers had asked him to retire and that he had agreed.

However, as in previous “Wonderful Animals” films, “Dumbledore” has more international hope. Its profit is $ 193 million worldwide. The previous two films have made more than 70% of their global sums from international shows.

“Re-conquering the original ‘Harry Potter’ magic that began in theaters about 20 years ago is a difficult task,” said Paul Draggravdian, ComScore’s senior media analyst. “The ‘Wonderful Animals’ franchise, despite seeing diminishing returns with each subsequent episode, still has enough dedicated fans to conjure up particularly respectable numbers with international audiences who have always provided the bulk of these box office hits.”

In its second weekend, “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” dropped 58 percent to $ 30 million, according to Paramount. The film has grossed $ 119.6 million to date.

Sony also released “Ab Stow” in 2,705 places on Wednesday. Starring Mark Wahlberg, who helped fund the film, “Father Stowe” is based on a true story and is a rare mainstream Hollywood film with religious themes. He made about $ 8 million in his first five days in theaters.

Ticket sales are estimated for Friday through Sunday in U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Final local data will be released Monday.

1. “Wonderful Animals: The Secrets of Dumbledore,” $ 43 million.

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

3. “The Lost City,” $ 6.5 million.

4. “Everything Everywhere at Once,” $ 6.2 million.

5. “Father Stowe,” $ 5.7 million.

6. Morbius, $ 4.7 million.

7. “Ambulance,” $ 4 million.

8. “The Batman,” $ 3.8 million.

9. “KGF: Episode 2”, $ 2.9 million.

10. “Uncharted”, $ 1.2 million.

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