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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald isn’t doing incredibly well with critics at this point. Our own Fox Troilo didn’t exactly give a glowing review, but even his take was more generous than a lot of others, and as of this writing, the film is sitting at a 44% on Rotten Tomatoes, a solid step down from the 74% the first one earned.

But what does this mean for the film’s box office prospects? Is it in danger of becoming the lowest grossing film in the 10-movie bunch? Well, it’s a bit too early to say, but it’s not off to an amazing start. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them took in $8.75 million in its Thursday numbers, and according to Deadline, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has beaten that haul with its $7.3 million in Thursday showings. This update came only hours after initial reports had the film pegged at $9.1 million.

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It’s worth stating that the movie also had an extra hour of showings, but it’s still a fairly solid start. As it stands, it’s still on track to potentially match Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them‘s $74 million. However, given its overall less reception, as well as lower Thursday numbers, it’s looking at a franchise low of $69 million to $70 million in its opening weekend, according to the outlet.

It’ll all depend on how mainstream audiences take to this, and if the film warrants a good word of mouth. However, if there is one word I’ve been hearing about the movie, it’s that it’s slow, and slow generally doesn’t make for happy mainstream audiences.

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SOURCE: Deadline

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.