It’s not all good news for Warner Bros., however. David Yates’ “Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets,” the third entry in the studio’s “Harry Potter” prequel saga, opened to $43 million in North America, a record high for the wizarding world. Reviews were generally better for ‘Dumbledore’s Secrets’ than for the later ‘Fantastic Beasts’ film, ‘The Crimes of Grindelwald’, but that wasn’t enough to rejuvenate interest in the failing property after the previous film. and the franchise’s recent release. controversies on the screens. With a grand total of $193.4 million after two weeks, that’s a pretty inauspicious start for the $200 million tentpole.
Warner Bros. now faces a stark choice: go ahead with two more “Fantastic Beasts” films as planned or bail out now and try a new take on the lucrative wizarding world. Luckily for him, “The Batman” was a hit across the board, with a sequel all but confirmed at this point. It’s also good news for the various spin-off series being developed for HBO Max, the first of which will be a show about crime lord Oswald Cobblepot (Colin Farrell) and his rise to power as The Penguin. Could a “Catwoman” series centered on Zoë Kravitz’s Selina Kyle be far behind? I wouldn’t bet against it.
“The Batman” is streaming now on HBO Max and will premiere on HBO on April 23, 2022. It will arrive on DVD, Blu-ray and Ultra HD Blu-ray a month later on May 24, 2022.