Strong start of “Fantastic Beasts 3” in the footsteps of “Spider-Man No Way Home” – at least in Germany – cinema news

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Over 720,000 people in Germany bought a ticket for ” Fantastic Beasts 3: Dumbledore’s Secrets ” at the weekend alone. Since around 90,000 tickets were sold again for previews before the official start, around 810,000 visitors have already been counted.

For Germany, these are fantastic numbers, appropriate to the title of the film – and two strong marks were achieved at the same time:

By a clear margin, “Fantastic Beasts 3” has the best theatrical release of the year . So far, around 400,000 tickets have been sold for The Batman .
In addition, the “Harry Potter” spin-off with Jude Law, Eddie Redmayne and Mads Mikkelsen has had the third best start weekend since the beginning of the corona pandemic . Only Spider-Man: No Way Home (815,000 tickets sold) and James Bond: No Time To Die (1.2 million) had a better opening weekend.

In Germany, Warner should be particularly pleased that the return to ” Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald ” is significantly lower than was initially assumed. The second part of the series started a whole lot stronger with 990,000 tickets sold over the weekend, but was not well received by many fans.

With a bad predecessor behind you, declines in the next part are always to be expected , especially since the corona pandemic also plays a role. There are no longer any significant restrictions in most regions and therefore cinemas in Germany, but there is still a large proportion of cautious people who do not want to go to full cinema halls on the opening weekend.

Internationally it looks different – but the numbers have to be classified

Nevertheless, the first voices are skeptical that “Fantastic Beasts 3”, which has not yet been released in the most important core market USA, is already a flop. And at first glance you might think so. In its opening weekend, “Fantastic Beasts 3” grossed just $58 million worldwide. The predecessor “Fantastic Beasts 2” started with 191 million dollars at the so-called “international box office” (read: outside the USA). BUT …

… these numbers cannot be compared in several respects. “Fantastic Beasts 3” was only launched in 22 countries around the world, but is still to follow in important markets such as France, Korea and Mexico. The predecessor “Fantastic Beasts 2” was launched in 79 countries at once. So you compare 58 million in 22 countries with 191 million in 79 countries and then you see that it’s not that big of a difference after all.

» “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” on Amazon Prime Video *
» “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” on Amazon Prime Video *

These compared countries also include China, which has long been the second most important cinema market in the world after the USA. In China, “Fantastic Beasts 3” played only ten million dollars at the start – significantly less than its predecessor “Fantastic Beasts 2” with still 40 million dollars. However, especially in China, the corona measures have been massively tightened again. There are strict curfews in several regions, more than half of the country’s cinemas are closed, others only open with restrictions. A successful theatrical release is therefore currently not possible in China. The figures from China are therefore not suitable for comparison.

Germany is an outlier, but it is still too early for an assessment

Nevertheless, one must of course note: If you look at the previous launches in countries such as Japan or Great Britain, Germany is a positive outlier . Here the start finally succeeded on a comparable level as with “Spider-Man: No Way Home” – although it should not be deduced from this that the film will remain in these tracks in the coming weeks. Finally, the Marvel adventure benefited from incredible hype and exceptional word of mouth, which carried the film to the box office for weeks, which is not to be expected with “Beasts 3”.

The fact that the start in Germany with the equivalent of 9.4 million dollars is better than in Great Britain (there 8 million dollars) should cause Warner to worry a little. Because that gives reason to fear that the latest “Harry Potter” spin-off will end up only running in some markets but not in others.

The FILMSTARTS review for “Fantastic Beasts 3: Dumbledore’s Secrets”

But it is still too early for an assessment and, above all, for prophecies of doom about being out of line. We’ll have to wait and see how “Fantastic Beasts 3: Secrets of Dumbledore” does when it launches in the US and over 40 other countries around the world this coming weekend, and how the second weekend goes in markets as important to the franchise as Germany, the UK and Japan. Then we’ll get a better picture of whether there could be numbers at the end that would allow Warner to put Fantastic Beasts 4 back on the agenda.

Fantastic Beasts 4: What's next in the series after part 3? (FILMSTARTS Original)
Fantastic Beasts 4: What’s next in the series after part 3? (FILMSTARTS Original)

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