“Secrets of Dumbledore” Joins “Stranger Things” at the Top of Streaming Charts
Critics and fans alike have been skeptical of the fate of the Fantastic Beasts franchise, especially with the poor box office figures of the series’ third installment, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. The film topped the box office domestically in North America, bringing in $20.1 million on the single day of April 15, but globally, the franchise’s latest release has only reached $400.5 million. That is almost $254 million less than the revenue of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and less than half of the revenue of the franchise’s first film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Yet there may be hope for the Wizarding World’s spin-off franchise. According to the Whip Media streaming charts, Secrets of Dumbledore was the most-streamed movie in the United States during the first week of June, ending on June 5. Whip Media divided its rankings between two lists, one for movies and one for TV shows, where Stranger Things topped the chart dedicated to television series. The film chart included movies across streaming services such as Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, Paramount+, Disney+, and Peacock. Available for streaming on HBO Max, Secrets of Dumbledore outranked Top Gun, The Batman, and The Lost City, an adventure comedy featuring Daniel Radcliffe, who played the Boy Who Lived, as the film’s classy British villain.
This paradox of Secrets of Dumbledore performing so poorly at the global box office but succeeding in the streaming universe may be a testament to the ever-changing dynamics of how we consume films, TV shows, and other forms of media in a post-pandemic world.
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