Will There Be Another Fantastic Beasts Movie | Screen Rant – Screen Rant

Will There Be Another Fantastic Beasts Movie | Screen Rant – Screen Rant

Fantastic Beasts has seen three movies so far in the Harry Potter spin-off. So will there be another, or is the future of the franchise in doubt?
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is the third Fantastic Beasts movie, but it’s not clear whether there will be another. Initially, Fantastic Beasts was conceived of as a trilogy. Since then, the Harry Potter spin-off has expanded with five films being planned by writer J.K Rowling and director David Yates. With three of the five planned movies being released, however, the future of the franchise has been uncertain, to say the least.
The first movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was generally well-received by critics and audiences alike and earned over $800 million at the worldwide box office. This naturally called for the sequel to be thrown into production immediately. The second film, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was less successful. The sequel earned around $150 million less at the box office and is currently the worst-reviewed film in the Wizarding World franchise on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. Still, a third film was placed into production by Warner Bros. with Yates returning to direct, meaning Fantastic Beasts 3 would save or ruin the franchise. The third film was released in April 2022 and has thrown the franchise’s chances of lasting the planned five films into doubt.
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Unfortunately, it is unlikely Fantastic Beasts will see another film released to follow The Secrets of Dumbledore. Despite the middling response to both the second and third films, there are glimpses throughout of the greatness this franchise could have achieved if Warner Bros. had stuck to the initial plan of a trilogy. However, there are several reasons why Fantastic Beasts 3 will end the series and will likely be the last adventure in the wizarding world for a while.
The first major problem for the series is the continued diminishing returns at the box office. Warner Bros. insisted on only greenlighting the final two installments should the critical and commercial reception of Fantastic Beasts 3 be deemed successful. It doesn’t bode well then, that Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’s worldwide gross is sitting at around $396 million. This is a significantly smaller return than The Crimes of Grindelwald and holds the lowest opening-weekend gross of any wizarding world movie, and the lowest worldwide total by a significant margin. Also, at a budget of $200 million, the film has likely failed to break even when taking into account marketing expenses.
On top of this, Fantastic Beasts 2 and Fantastic Beasts 3 received similar reviews. While many considered it a slight improvement over its predecessor, the criticisms over its meandering plot, unnecessary filler material, and seemingly low stakes led to the film being the second-worst reviewed film behind only The Crimes of Grindelwald. Also, the controversy over Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s trial certainly didn’t help the film. While many critics agree that Mads Mikkelsen’s performance was an improvement over Depp’s, the controversy surrounding the situation and Depp’s trial was only a hindrance to the production.
With Warner Bros. greenlighting both the second and third installment back in 2016, even before the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the fact that the final two films haven’t yet started production is a worry. It is likely Warner Bros. saw the middling response to the film in both the critical and commercial worlds and put the franchise on hold. Whether the film will see an upturn in sales in its home release remains to be seen. However, it is safe to assume given the response to the film and lack of response from Warner Bros. that Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore may very well be the last film in the Wizarding World franchise.
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Lewis Glazebrook is a freelance Movie/TV Features writer for Screen Rant. Lewis has recently graduated from university with a Film and TV Studies degree, earning First Class Honours. Based out of North East England, Lewis has a deep passion for all kinds of media, from film, to TV, gaming, and reading.

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