Ten years ago, it would have been hard to believe that a future Harry Potter spin-off would go dark! Yet this is the reality today. W.B. Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets eventually managed to earn a worldwide box office of $400.5 million. Takes over the weekend totaled $2.4 million from 71 markets, bringing the international total to $305 million, adding to the global cume.
In contrast, the first film in the franchise, fantastic beasts and where to find them, finished with $814 million worldwide. The next installment of the franchise, 2018 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, has raised $654 million worldwide. The fantastic beasts The franchise has undoubtedly seen a steady decline in critical and commercial praise.
The recently released film follows beloved Professor Albus Dumbledore as he becomes aware that the dark wizard, Grindelwald, is about to take over the wizarding world. Unable to stop him alone, Dumbledore entrusts Newt Scamander with leading a team of wizards and witches. The team soon encounters an array of beasts old and new as they take on Grindelwald’s followers.
Dumbledore’s secrets stars Jude’s Law like Dumbledore, and Eddie Redmayne like Newt Scamander. Other cast members include Miller, Alison Sudol, Callum Turner, William Nadylam, Dan Fogler, Jessica Williams, Katherine Waterston, and Maria Fernanda Candido.
Dumbledore’s secrets and the franchise suffered for many reasons. Mainly, the involvement and eventual departure of the actor Johnny Depp, which first played Gellert Grindewald; it was later replaced by Mads Mikkelsen for the third movie. Moreover, a day before the premiere of the film, Ezra Miller who had a key role in the film was arrested for disorderly conduct and harassment.
Additionally, the film enjoyed another hit as the creator of the Harry Potter franchise, JK Rowling, became the center of several controversies due to her controversial views on sex and gender identity. Also, in April, Anne Sarnoffchairman of WarnerMedia who was responsible for Harry Potter the universe was introduced outside the company. And very recently, Toby Emmerich also resigned as chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group.
Now, as WB merges with Discovery to become Warner Bros. Discovery, the future of the franchise is in the hands of the CEO David Zaslav, which has already made sweeping structural changes during its brief tenure. There have been previous reports of WB reconsidering the future of the franchise based on Dumbledore’s secretsthe performance of. Also, THR reported in January that HBO MAX was developing a Harry Potter Live TV series.
Mired in controversy, underperformance and uncertainty, it may finally be time for the curtains to come down on the franchise.