Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Warner’s 3rd “Fantastic Beasts” Disappoints in US, But the Rest of World is OK with It


The third “Fantastic Beasts” movie from Warner Bros. did not have a fantastic weekend here in the U.S.

“The Secrets of Dumbledore” made $43 million domestically. That sounds like a lot but the prior two “Beasts” films had opening weekends significantly higher. It may be time to call it a day on this franchise.

Abroad, however, people who don’t understand English but like a good wanding went to their theaters. The film has already made $110 million internationally. They really liked it in China once any reference to Dumbledore having once been in love with Grindewald was removed — $12 million!

Japan was also a big customer — over $8 million. I’m tempted to make a joke but will refrain. (It was a good joke, too. Call me.) And in the UK, where English is presumably spoken, over $7 million worth of tickets were sold.

Very talented “Beasts” star Eddie Redmayne, who already has an Oscar, just won an Olivier (like a Tony Award) for the revival of “Cabaret” in the West End. He just turned 40. He’s got awards and he’s loaded from these films. So now what? I don’t know, but this ship has sailed. Time to put away the wands. Maybe he can be the new Q or M or X in James Bond movies. (Actually he needs some good romcoms.)

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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