Fantastic Beasts don’t live up to their name at the box office

Good news: With “Morbius,” “Sonic the Hedgehog 2,” and “The Lost City,” this weekend was on par for 2019 — a rarity since movie theaters reopened.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (Warner Bros.) missed two previous targets of $43 million this weekend, but this weekend it was the largest contributor to an estimated domestic gross of $110 million — on par with Holiday Same weekend three years ago, theaters rarely reopen.

From a franchise perspective, “Dumbledore” is disappointing. Coming into April, it has joined “Morbius” (Sony) and “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” (Paramount) as one of three films this month that could fetch more than $50 million. J.K. Rowling’s quote seemed like a particularly strong candidate. Not only did its predecessors open for $74 million and $62 million, but it also captured the potentially lucrative Easter holiday.

Like Morbius, it failed to get this far—but since “Sonic” beat expectations with a $72 million start, the three films combined made more than $150 million in their openings. This weekend improves our continuous four-week comparison with the same dates in 2019 to 73 percent.

The film did better overseas, but “Dumbledore” distinguishes itself with production costs in excess of $200 million. (“Morbius” and “Sonic” are each worth less than $100 million.) With marketing, even $400 million worldwide would be a loss for Warner Bros. Discovery, the first release under the newly formed company.

Competition may be a factor, as Dumbledore and Sonic compete for the family’s fans. The live/animated video game sequel has fallen a bit more than a similar sequel with a 58 percent drop, but posting $30 million in its second weekend remains impressive.

This weekend also reflected subdued interest in “Moribius” in Team 6’s third weekend and Mark Wahlberg’s debt-based passion project “Father Stowe” (Sonny) for $8 million in five days. Both convey the feast or famine nature of present business.

“the lost City”


Two titles exceed expectations. In third place came Paramount’s Lost City in its fourth week, down just 28 percent at $6.5 million for a total of $78.6. It’ll beat out “Morbius,” a Marvel title that initially seemed like a $100 million thing for sure. The Lost City is a huge boost to both independent films and comedies.

In fourth place came “everything everywhere at once” (C 24). Now in 2,220 theaters, it has added over $6 million for a total of $16.7 million. It’s a sign of the times Michael Bay’s “Ambulance” (Universal), despite its A- Cinemascore and decent reviews, failed to recover from a poor opening. It’s down 54 percent in its second weekend, and it’ll end up being less than “everything.” You could see a better pulse when you hit your expected PVOD game in just over a week.

For the first time in two years, this weekend’s top ten became the first without titles to be played at home at the same time. “The Batman” (Warner Bros.), which now ranks eighth and grosses $750 million worldwide (and $365 million domestically) goes to HBO Max and PVOD tomorrow 45 days later.

The ninth place is occupied by “KFG Chapter 2”, an Indian movie with two local distributors, Viva and Sia. The latter distributes it in the original Kannada language; Viva deals with him in Hindi. They made a combined $4.6 million in five days.

top ten

1. Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets (Warner Bros.) NEW – Cinemascore: B+; Metacritic: 47; EST. Budget: $200 million

$43,000,000 in 4,208 theaters; PTA: $10,218,000; Cumulative: $43,000,000

2. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Paramount) Week 2; Last Weekend #1

$30,000,000 (-58%) in 4258 (+24) theaters; PTA: $7,046; Cumulative: $119,612,000

3. The Lost City (Paramount) Week 4; Last Weekend #3

$6,500,000 (-28%) in 3,430 (-367) theaters; PTA: $1,895 Cumulative: $78,576,000

4. Everything everywhere at once (A24) week 4; Last Weekend #6

$6,160,000 (+2%) in 2,220 (+970) theaters; PTA: $2,787; Cumulative: $17,696,000

5. Father Stowe (Sony) NEW – Cinemascore: A; Metacritic: 42

$5,700,000 in 2,705 theaters; PTA: $2107 Cumulative: $8027000

6. Morbius (Sony) week 3; Last Weekend #2

$4,700,000 (-54%) in 3,462 (-806) theaters; PTA: $1,358 Cumulative: $65,118,000

7. Ambulance (global) week 2; Last Weekend #4

$4,040,000 (-54%) in 3,412 (unchanged) theaters; PTA: $1,184 Cumulative: $15,649,000

8. Batman (Warner Brothers) week; Last Weekend #5

$3,800,000 (-41%) in 2,535 (-719) theaters; PTA: $1,499; Cumulative: $365,035,000

9. KFG Chapter 2 (Viva/Hindi language version, Sia/Kannada language version) New

$2,900,000 in 810 theaters; PTA: $3,457 Cumulative: $4,600,000 (estimated)

10. Unknown (Sonny) Week 9; Last Weekend #7

$1,170,000 (-56%) in 1,311 (-1,007) theaters; PTA: $892 Cumulative: $144,986,000

Additional Specialized / Limited / Standalone Editions

Paris, the thirteenth district (IFC) – Metacritic: 76; Festivals include: Cannes 2021; Also on VOD

$28,000 in 67,000 theaters; PTA: $418

The story of King Crab (Oscilloscope) – Metacritic: 77; Festivals include: Cannes and New York 2021

$5,120 in one theater; PTA: $5,120

We all go to the World Fair (Utopia) – Metacritic: 76; Festivals include: Sundance 2021, New Directors / New Films 2021

$13665 in 3 theaters; PTA: $4,555

Double (RLJE) – Metacritic: 62; Festival includes: Sundance 2022; Also on VOD

$125,000 in 157 theaters; PTA: $796

aline (Roadside attractions) Week Two

$9,255 in 70 (+9) theaters; PTA: $132 Cumulative: $648892

maternity sun (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 4

$37,098 at 139 theaters (-154); Cumulative: $213,504

automated (Pie slice) – week nine

$8.581 in 17 theaters (unchanged); Cumulative: $165,468

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