Warner’s 3rd ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Disappoints in the US, But the Rest of the World Is Okay With It


Residence Business Warner’s 3rd “Fantastic Beasts” disappoints in the United States, but the rest of the world…

The third “Fantastic Beasts” film from Warner Bros. didn’t have a fantastic weekend here in the US

“Dumbledore’s Secrets” grossed $43 million domestically. That sounds like a lot, but the previous two “Beasts” movies had significantly higher opening weekends. Maybe it’s time to call it a day on this franchise.

Abroad, however, people who don’t understand English but like to wander around their theaters. The film has already grossed $110 million internationally. They really liked it in China once any reference to Dumbledore having 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 I won’t. (That was a good joke, too. Give me a call.) And in the UK, where English is presumably spoken, over $7 million worth of tickets were sold.

The very talented star of “Beasts” Eddie Redmayne, who already has an Oscar, has just won an Olivier (like a Tony Award) for the revival of “Cabaret” in the West End. He just turned 40. He has awards and he is in charge of these films. And now? I don’t know, but this boat has sailed. It’s time to put away the chopsticks. Maybe he can be the new Q or M or X in the James Bond movies. (In fact, it needs good rom-coms.)


Roger Friedman started his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years at Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His film reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes and he is a member of the film and television arms 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). not so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. . He is also screenwriter and co-producer of “Only the Strong Survive”, a selection from the Cannes, Sundance and Telluride festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.


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