‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ Sees $ 6M Thursday – Deadline

Warner Bros. ‘ Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore whirled up $ 6M in Thursday previews that started at 2PM at 3,350 venues.

The David Yates directed JK Rowling co-scripted movie is expected to make between $ 45M- $ 50M over the Easter holiday weekend stateside; 73% of all K-12 schools off today according to Comscore. Dumbledore is also expanding into 44 more offshore markets including France, Italy and Korea and looks to make at least $ 40M + abroad, bringing the threequel’s global take to $ 157M. Rotten Tomatoes critics gave Dumbledore a 51% Rotten rating which is an improvement on part 2’s 36% Rotten but still off the first movie’s 74% fresh.

That figure is under the preview grosses of the first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 2016 which made $ 8.75M (before a $ 29.66M first Friday and $ 74.4M opening) and its 2018 sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald which did $ 7.3M in its Thursday alone (not counting the sequel’s earlier week $ 1.8M previews). Grindelwald posted a $ 25.4M Friday, $ 62.1M 3-day. At the same time in regards to pure Thursday previews, Dumbledore is ahead of the $ 5M made by Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 last Thursday.

The other wide release this weekend is Sony’s Mark Wahlberg priest drama, Father Stu, which did an estimated $ 765K yesterday at 2,705 theaters, -51% from its $ 1.55M Wednesday (which included previews), ranking 5th for the day. Outlook this weekend for the R-rated film which is 45% Rotten is between $ 7M- $ 10M.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2


Among films already in release, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 ends its first week with an estimated $ 89.6M at 4,234 locations, 12% ahead of its 2020 first installment’s first week. Yesterday rang up $ 4.4M, + 22% over Wednesday.

Cigaram Cinema’s KFG Chapter 2 from filmmaker Prashanth Neel racked up an estimated $ 1.4M on Thursday at 510 locations. Logline: In the blood-soaked Kolar Gold Fields, Rocky’s name strikes fear into his foes. While his allies look up to him, the government sees him as a threat to law and order. Rocky must battle threats from all sides for unchallenged supremacy.

Paramount’s The Lost City, booked at 3,797, saw an estimated $ 907K yesterday, + 22% over Wednesday, in 3rd for a running total through week 3 of $ 72M.

Sony’s Morbius earned $ 808K at 4,268 sites, + 8% over Wednesday for a running total through week 2 of $ 60.4M.

A24’s Everything Everywhere All at Once at 1,250 locations made $ 751K+ 4% over Wednesday, for a running three week total of $ 11.4M.

Universal / Endeavor Content’s Ambulance ended its first week with $ 11.6M at 3,412 after a $ 638K Thursday, + 1% from Wednesday.

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