It appears that the Secrets of Dumbledore are not juicy enough to keep fans coming into theaters, as the latest Fantastic Beasts film fell off sharply in its second weekend.
Warner Bros.’ big-budget Harry Potter-spin-off earned an estimated $14 million, depositing Fantastic Beasts in third place, a 68 percent decline from opening weekend numbers.
Newt Scamander and his lovable creatures couldn’t outshine the furry fellows in first and second place this week, as Dreamwork’s and Universal’s The Bad Guys earned $24 million, and the exploits of the speedy blue furball and friends in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 retained their second place pole position with $15.2 million.
Speaking of furry fellows, Davis Eggers’ The Northman performed very well for an R-rated historical revenge tale with $12 million and Nicolas Cage’s meta-comedy, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, brought in a middling $7.2 million debut.
In better news for Fantastic Beasts, the film continues to play much better overseas (particularly in Europe) where it has accumulated over $213 million, accounting for over 76% of the film’s total worldwide box office revenue.
Next week sees the return of Liam Neeson in another action picture called Memory before Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness arrives on May 6 to rule the box office.
Stay tuned to Conskipper for more box office reports as we edge closer to the busy summer season.