Saturday, April 13, 2024

Box Office: “Fantastic Beasts” Sequel Not So Fantastic in Previews, Down 33%


This may be the end for the “Fantastic Beasts” series.

Last night, number 3, in which Dumbledore expresses his same sex love for Grindelwald, was not warmly embraced by Harry Potter fans.

The take was $6 million, down 33% from 2018’s Part 2 of the trilogy.

Indeed, “The Secrets of Dumbledore” may be ones that fans either aren’t interested in or want more in depth. Reviews are lukewarm at around 50% on Rotten Tomatoes.

The new movie also carries the baggage of author J.K. Rowling’s ignorant and inflammatory comments about trans people which have certainly turned off a big segment of the audience. The more Rowling speaks, the worse it gets, in fact.

It just may be we’ve come to the end of the line on the “Harry Potter” gravy train. It’s not like everyone didn’t make out like bandits. We’ll see what the weekend brings.

I hear Warner Bros. send out magic wands to a lot of the press. Maybe they can use them to cast a spell on the box office.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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