For ‘Fantastic Beasts’ series, a case of diminishing returns

Film Review - Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
Posted at 9:44 PM, Apr 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-18 00:44:00-04

(AP) — “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” got off to a less than magical start in its first weekend in U.S. and Canadian theaters.

The third installment in the Harry Potter spinoff opened to $43 million in North America, according to studio estimates Sunday.

It was enough to secure the film the top spot on the box office charts, but it’s also a low for the franchise.

The first film had a $74.4 million debut in 2016 and the second, “The Crimes of Grindelwald” opened to $62.2 million in 2018.

“The Secrets of Dumbledore,” which Warner Bros. released in 4,208 locations in North America, also carries a $200 million production price tag.