Fantastic Beasts 3 Brings In $6 Million From Thursday Night Box Office Previews

Fantastic Beasts 3 has earned $6 million from stateside Thursday preview screenings, according to Variety. For the wounded franchise, this third sequel could determine whether Fantastic Beasts will complete its ambitions as a five-film franchise.

As was reported earlier this week, there is no screenplay for a fourth installment and Warner Bros. executives are said to be waiting to see how this film performs at the box office to give any further possible green lights. The film was repeatedly delayed by COVID and was also repeatedly tied up in controversies stemming from its principals.

For example, in 2021, Mads Mikkelsen was called in to replace Johnny Depp as Grindelwald for this film–and the latter actor was paid an eight-figure fee ($10 million or more) as part of his exit package after reportedly filming just one scene. Ezra Miller, who has a key role in The Secrets of Dumbledore, was recently arrested for disorderly misconduct and harassment. And has also been widely publicized, Harry Potter author JK Rowling herself has become a problematic figure exhibiting discriminatory behavior, frequently offering public support of anti-transgender rhetoric.

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Author: David Wolinsky