The Wizarding World continues increasing with Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, which has the worst field workplace efficiency in Harry Potter historical past, and there are completely different contributing elements. The Harry Potter novels and flicks launched the viewers to the Wizarding World, and whereas the story of “The Boy Who Lived” got here to an finish in 2012 with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, there are extra tales to inform from this world, and so the Fantastic Beasts movie series started.
Inspired by the 2001 guidebook of the identical identify, written in-universe by magizoologist Newt Scamander, the Fantastic Beasts film collection started in 2016 with Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, which adopted Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) as he enlisted Muggle Jacob’s (Dan Fogler) assist to spherical up some escaped magical creatures whereas a wierd darkish pressure terrorized New York City as Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) rises to energy. However, the flicks took a flip with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and shifted their focus from Scamander and his magical creatures to the battle and backstory of a younger Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) and Grindelwald.
After an enormous revelation on the finish of Fantastic Beasts 2 about Credence Barebone’s (Ezra Miller) family, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore continues exploring the story of the Dumbledore household together with Grindelwald’s (now performed by Mads Mikkelsen) plans of Wizarding supremacy and domination. Although the trailers for Fantastic Beasts 3 promised motion and drama, particularly by means of the long-awaited duel between Dumbledore and Grindelwald, the film has the bottom field workplace within the Harry Potter franchise, and there are numerous contributing elements.
Fantastic Beasts 3’s Opening Box Office Is The Worst Of Any Harry Potter Movie
Like many different films within the final two years, Fantastic Beasts 3 is struggling in a pandemic world the place field workplace numbers fluctuate and the success of movies has to be measured differently, however even taking that under consideration, Fantastic Beasts 3 isn’t doing effectively on the field workplace. Fantastic Beasts 3 made $43 million throughout its opening weekend, which places it on the high of the charts (sending one other huge release, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, to the #2 spot) and makes it top-of-the-line openings of the yr thus far, nevertheless it’s nonetheless a franchise low for the Wizarding World.
The highest-grossing film within the Harry Potter franchise is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, with a complete of $1,342,359,942, adopted by Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. From the Fantastic Beasts department, the highest-grossing film is the primary one, with $814,044,001, which places it in eighth place general, proper under Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ($879,793,867) and above Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ($797,491,273). Right above Fantastic Beasts 3 is The Crimes of Grindelwald, with $654,855,901, and on the time of writing, Secrets of Dumbledore has a worldwide gross of $193,400,000. It’s unlikely Fantastic Beasts 3 will transfer up within the coming weeks, extra in order all films on this department of the Wizarding World have underperformed when in comparison with most of the Harry Potter saga, and there are additionally different elements that aren’t taking part in in Fantastic Beasts 3’s favor.
Why Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore’s Box Office Is So Bad
Unfortunately, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore has many issues taking part in towards it, and whereas the primary issue guilty is the pandemic and the way this has affected the movie trade, there’s much more behind the scenes and by way of the present narrative of the Fantastic Beasts collection. First off, the twist of Credence’s household background in Fantastic Beasts 2 wasn’t well-received by viewers, and the fixed retcons to the Wizarding World and the historical past the viewers knew because of the Harry Potter franchise, together with Fantastic Beasts 2 focusing extra on Dumbledore and Grindelwald slightly than Newt and his adventures, led viewers to lose curiosity within the Fantastic Beasts film collection.
The Fantastic Beasts collection has additionally been plagued with behind-the-scenes controversy, starting with Johnny Depp’s casting as Grindelwald. Depp has been concerned in quite a lot of controversy attributable to his very public divorce from Amber Heard and the numerous authorized battles they’ve been concerned in, which have resulted in Depp dropping many roles and the viewers taking sides, although now there’s quite a lot of assist for him on social media. Still, Warner Bros. determined to recast Gellert Grindelwald and convey Mads Mikkelsen onboard as an alternative, and whereas Mikkelsen’s efficiency has been praised, the controversy round Depp’s firing has drawn viewers away. Ezra Miller has also been in trouble with the legislation since Fantastic Beasts got here out, beginning with a video of them choking a fan and extra not too long ago with their arrest in Hawaii attributable to disorderly conduct and harassment.
However, the most important shadow over not solely the Fantastic Beasts collection however the Wizarding World typically is J.Ok. Rowling’s feedback about trans folks. Rowling has made various anti-trans comments on social media, main actors from each Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter to share their assist to the trans neighborhood, with a few of them, like Evanna Lynch, defending Rowling however not her anti-trans views. Warner Bros. released a disappointing statement concerning this subject and a prolonged put up by Rowling herself solely made all of it worse. In addition to that, the primary reviews for Fantastic Beasts 3 have been mixed, with many critics calling it an enchancment over its predecessors and praising Mikkelsen’s efficiency as Grindelwald, however its underdeveloped characters, an excessive amount of concentrate on the Wizarding elections and fewer unbelievable beasts, too many subplots, and an uneven tone aren’t precisely serving to the franchise regain the eye and curiosity of the viewers.
Does Secrets Of Dumbledore’s Box Office Mean Fantastic Beasts 4 Won’t Happen?
The Fantastic Beasts department of the Wizarding World franchise was initially believed to be a trilogy, however in 2016, Rowling introduced plans to make it a saga with 5 films, masking occasions from Wizarding historical past that occurred between 1926 and 1945, clearly specializing in the Global Wizarding War led by Grindewald. However, as seen above, the Fantastic Beasts films haven’t been the success Warner Bros. was anticipating, and with all of the controversy occurring behind the scenes and the tales not being compelling sufficient to maintain the viewers’s curiosity, the way forward for the saga is a thriller. Days earlier than the release of Fantastic Beasts 3 it was reported (through Variety) that the way forward for the ultimate two installments will depend upon the crucial and industrial efficiency of Secrets of Dumbledore – and if it doesn’t take off after its opening weekend, Fantastic Beasts 4 and 5 gained’t occur.
The Fantastic Beasts collection has been tainted by controversy, uneven plots, underdeveloped characters, and various retcons to Harry Potter canon which have in the end made the viewers lose all curiosity in it, but when this aspect of the Wizarding World is to finish with Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, at the least the viewers acquired to see some completely happy endings and a style of the legendary duel between two of the best wizards in historical past: Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald.
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