The box office estimates for ‘Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets‘ are not encouraging, when we think about the future of the series that is part of the universe ‘Harry Potter‘, reaching a total of $20 million on opening day and closing the weekend with around $40 million.
While industry estimates reach $44 million, which would be equal to the feat of ‘Uncharted – Off the Map‘, ‘Fantastic Beasts 3‘ has double Sony’s production budget, hovering around $200 million.
Even more serious is that the third installment of the franchise was well below the US$ 62 million of ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald‘, which, by the way, had already fallen in relation to the release of ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them‘ with $74 million.
Critical reception for ‘Dumbledore’s Secrets‘ is a little better than for ‘Os Crimes of Grindelwald‘, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 49% reviews and 84% viewership for the third, compared to 36%/54% for the second. Still, it is something that leaves the franchise in a bad light, putting in doubt whether or not we will have the five films in the series, as promised.
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David Yates (‘The Legend of Tarzan’) returns to direct.
Many years after the tragic events of ‘The Crimes of Grindelwald‘, Newt Scamander gets involved in a new plot that will take him to Rio de Janeiro and Berlin, in addition to the involvement of the wizarding world with the Second World War.
The cast has Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, William Nadylam, Callum Turner, Jessica Williams, Victoria Yeates, Poppy Corby-Tuech, Fiona Glascott, Katherine Waterston, Maria Fernanda Candido, Richard Coyle e Oliver Masucci.
The actor Johnny Depp, who had played the character Gellert Grindelwald in the first two films, was removed from production following allegations of domestic abuse. It was later replaced by Mads Mikkelsen.
And in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Mikkelsen talked about this change and how the whole process happened: “It was all quite chaotic”. According to him, the producers gave the actor just two days to decide whether or not to play the villain.
“You don’t want to copy anything Depp was doing – that would be creative suicide. Even if the paper is perfectly made, you want to make it yours. But it still has to build some kind of link between what came before.”commented by Mikkelsen.
Remembering that Johnny Depp has already been a controversial choice since he was cast to play Grindelwald, replaced by controversies related to his troubled divorce and serious accusations against him by the actor’s ex-wife, also actress Amber Heard.
Among many complaints, Heard reports that the first scenes of violence took place in 2015, in Australia, during the filming of the fifth film ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’. The defense emphasizes that Johnny Depp became a monster when he used medication mixed with cocktails of alcohol, cocaine, ecstasy and hallucinogenic mushrooms – where the actress released a video of that moment.
At the time, Amber claimed that Johnny “violently attacked” her and threw a phone in her face with “extreme force”. The actor denied the abuse.
Days before the trial, the former couple released a note stating that they had resolved the matter. “Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always based on love. Neither party made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intention of physical or emotional harm,” they said.
Already Mads Mikkelsen has a career with several prominent roles, such as ‘007: Cassino Royale‘, ‘The hunt‘ and the series ‘Hannibal‘.
‘Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets‘ shows the adventures of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), who along with his allies is instructed by Dumbledore (Jude Law) to investigate the growing army of the dark wizard Grindelwald.