‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ Ignites to Soft 58 Million at International Box Office Ahead of U.S. Debut

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” isn’t bewitching audiences, at least, compared to other films set in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.The latest chapter in the prequel saga, which takes place decades prior to the adventures of Harry, Ron and Hermione, opened at the international box office over the weekend and pulled in 58 million from 22 overseas markets.

That’s a steep drop from 2018’s “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” the previous entry in the fantastical series, which collected a spell-bounding 191 million in its international debut.

Granted, the sequel was playing in 79 countries, whereas the threequel won’t have a footprint that wide until next weekend, when “The Secrets of Dumbledore” arrives in 44 additional markets, including France, Italy, Korea, Brazil and Mexico.

“Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” also opens next weekend in North America.A slower start at the international box office is worrisome because although

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