BOX OFFICE: “Fantastic Beasts” conjures up $43, “Sonic” Boom Continues

The slow fade to black of the Warners/J.K. Rowling/David Yates Wizarding World prequels continues with a post pandemic “Secrets of Dumbledore” earning $20 million Thursday night and all day Friday. That points to a $43 opening weekend, if word of mouth doesn’t kill it.

Middling reviews won’t help. Will they earn enough to warrant completing the series as theatrical releases? Will they make upgrades at screenwriter and director to give audiences a reason to care if they do?

Considering that the first “Beasts” opened at $74 and the second at $62, and that tickets are pricier, post-pandemic, well…

“Sonic the Hedgehog 2” had a $10 million Friday and should get into the low to $30 by midnight Sunday.

“The Lost City” is a genuine Sandra Bullock blockbuster, adding another $6.5 million this holiday weekend

A big expansion in the number of screens is pushing “Everything Everywhere All at Once” to its peak weekend, somewhere in the $6.1million range. Not bad for a multiverse tale with subtitles.

“Father Stu” turned out to be too Marky Mark Potty Mouthed for audiences and hit the $5.7 million mark despite opening in mid week. It’s edgy for a faith-based film, but despite Wahlberg’s best efforts, it never really answers the question “Why’s this brawler turned disabled Catholic priest worth a movie?”

“Morbius” is fading fast, just over $4 million on a holiday weekend, losing screens and giving way to summer filmsnalready.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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