Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, the third installment in the “Harry Potter” spinoff franchise, is projected to top the Easter weekend box office with $43 million in ticket sales across more than 4,200 North American screens.
The movie has sold $191 million in tickets worldwide.
The domestic tally is 31% below the $62 million weekend debut of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald in 2018 and the $74 million opening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 2016.
Paramount Pictures filled out the box office podium with Sonic the Hedgehog 2 generating $30 million in revenue, to up the sequel’s North American haul to $119.6 million. The studio’s Sandra Bullock romantic drama The Lost City generated another $6.5 million, to bring its total above $78 million, and more than $90 million globally.
Directed by David Yates from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling and Steve Klove, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore follows a young Albus Dumbledore (played by Jude Law) as he recruits zoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to lead a team of wizards and witches to stop dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelson, subbing for Johnny Depp) from seizing control of the wizarding world.
The film was initially scheduled for theatrical release in November 2020, but was pushed back due to the pandemic. Much of the cast from the first two films also appears in Dumbledore, with the notable exception of Depp, who had been asked to resign in the wake of negative publicity surrounding his divorce from Amber Heard.
The Secrets of Dumbledore premiered in London on March 29, opened wide in the U.K. on April 8, and was launched theatrically in the United States on April 15.