‘Fantastic Beasts’ opens with not-quite-fantastic $43 million domestically, but finds more magic overseas

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore could have used a little more magic in its opening weekend. Hit it, make it a whole lot more magical. The third chapter of Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter The spin-off saga debuted to a less-than-fantastic $43 million in North America over the long Easter period – the series’ lowest rollout yet. However, there was good news from overseas, where the wizarding tale was able to conjure up a lot more enchantment, grossing $150.4 million in its first two weekends of release. Absent of all magic, Father Stu, Sony’s fifth, tells the inspiring story of a boxer turned priest with Mark Wahlberg. Despite the religious-themed film arriving on Easter, it laid an egg with a $5.7 million arc.

While the last fantastic beasts is only the third chapter of a planned series of five, the Potter The prequel franchise already appears to be showing signs of declining box office returns. Held in 4,208 cinemas, the PG-13 is rated Dumbledore’s secrets scored an average of $10,218 per screen. While audiences gave the film a solid CinemaScore “B+” rating, critics were less charitable, giving it a no-fresh splat of 48%. What the weekend numbers seem to tell us is that the last fantastic beastswhich costs $200 million and stars Eddie Redmayne and Jude’s Law as Dumbledore, will now have to shift his gaze overseas if he intends to turn a profit. Fortunately, things look a lot rosier there. During its first two weeks, Dumbledore has grossed $150.4 million overseas, bringing its current worldwide box office total to $193.4 million. Still, no matter how you look at it, it’s the series’ sweetest domestic opener: Franchise starter Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opened to $74.4 million in 2016 (en route for $234 million), and its sequel, The Crimes of Grindelwald, debuted at $62.1 million in 2018 (before peaking at $159 million). Looks like it’s time to put some fresh juju in this magic wand.

Last weekend’s champion, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, with $30 million, finished in second place. Paramount’s kid-friendly sequel dropped -58.4% in its second-year frame, earning an average of $7,045 per screen in 4,255 locations. The PG-rated sequel to 2020’s video game-inspired hit starring jim carrey, James Marsdenand the voice of Ben Schwartz as the eponymous blue comic book creature, collected $119.6 million in its first two weeks of domestic release. Outside of North America, where Sonic 2 Opened a week earlier, the film has grossed $112.2 million so far, bringing its current cumulative worldwide box office to $231.8 million.

Third place was Paramount’s The Lost City with $6.5 million. The romantic adventure in the jungle with Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum fell -28% from the previous week. PG-13-rated audiences managed an average of $1,895 per screen across 3,430 theaters in its fourth frame, bringing its domestic box office total to date to $78.6 million. In foreign markets, The lost city has racked up $9.7 million so far, bringing its four-week global tally to $88.3 million.

Landing in fourth place was one of the spring’s biggest box office surprises: A24’s weird and wacky Everything Everywhere All at Once. A week after expanding nationally from a more personalized limited release, the R-rated indie about a woman (michelle yeo) which enters a visually daffy multiverse, added $6.2 million. In its fourth weekend, “Little Movie That Could” activity grew +2.1% over the prior period and averaged $2,786 per screen in 2,220 theaters. Its total domestic haul is now $17.7 million, far more than anyone predicted for such an idiosyncratic film. So far, it has only brought in a negligible amount of $370,466 from abroad.

Rounding out the top five was the only other big debut of the weekend, Sony’s Father Stu, with an anemic $5.7 million. The inspirational R-rated drama about a boxer-turned-priest stars Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson, Jacki Weaverand Therese Ruiz. Father Stu opened on Wednesday and banked $8 million in its first five days. Bowing at 2,705 locations, the film averaged $2,107 per screen. It is not yet open internationally.

Last but not least, there was a milestone buried under the top five. Warner Bros.’ The Batman (which dropped to eighth place over the weekend due to its HBO Max rollout) has finally passed the $750 million mark. To date, Caped Crusader’s latest chapter has grossed $365 million domestically and $386.1 million overseas, bringing its current worldwide gross to an impressive $751.1 million.

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