China News Agency, Los Angeles, April 17 (Reporter Zhang Shuo) After a lapse of nearly 4 years, the "Fantastic Beasts" series of films has returned to the arena.

Although there is no suspense to reach the top of the latest North American box office charts, the opening performance and word of mouth have both declined.

  The North American box office statistics website released the latest movie market data on April 17, and 22 films in the North American weekend box office (April 15-17) reported about 109 million US dollars.

Thanks to the successive release of popular new films, the North American box office has remained above 100 million yuan for two consecutive weekends for the second time this year.

  "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore," which debuted in North America on April 15, made about $43 million in its opening weekend, replacing "Sonic the Hedgehog 2" Become the new North American weekend box office champion.

  Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore Mystery is the third installment in the Fantastic Beasts series.

As a prequel to the world of Harry Potter, the "Fantastic Beasts" series launched its first "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" in 2016, with the popularity of Harry Potter sweeping the world, It has grossed more than $800 million at the global box office.

In 2018, the series launched the second "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald), which was not as good as the first in both box office and word of mouth, and ended with less than $660 million at the global box office.

  The latest release of this year's "Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore's Mystery" continues the trend of the series' premiere grades being lower than the other, and the major film review websites only rated it at 47 on MTC and 48% on Rotten Tomatoes. .

However, despite the continuous decline in word of mouth and box office appeal, the "Fantastic Beasts" series with a large fan base is still regarded as a money-making machine. At present, the global box office of this fantasy adventure film has reached nearly 200 million US dollars.

  Under the impact of the new film, "Sonic the Hedgehog 2", the champion of the previous list, dropped to the second place in this issue with a weekend box office of about 30 million US dollars.

The action-adventure comedy based on the hit game has so far raked in about $120 million in North America and more than $230 million at the global box office.

  It is worth mentioning that the popularity of the kung fu fantasy film "Everything Everywhere All at Once" starring Chinese actress Michelle Yeoh continues to rise.

With the further increase in the number of screening theaters, the weekend box office of about 6.19 million US dollars, a month-on-month increase of 2.1%, jumped from the sixth place in the previous list to the fourth place in this issue.

Since the film premiered at the "South by Southwest" Diversified Innovation Conference and Arts Festival in the United States in 2022, its reputation has been strong. Many audiences said that it has "unconstrained" imagination and "flying laughter and tears" appeal. During the screening, the audience applauded many times.

  In addition, action adventure comedy "The Lost City" (The Lost City), drama "Father Stu" (Father Stu), action sci-fi thriller "Dr. Night: Morbius" (Morbius), thriller drama "Dr. Ambulance, action-suspense drama "The Batman" and action-adventure "Uncharted" also rounded out the top 10 this weekend.

  The new week sees new releases such as action-adventure fantasy "The Northman," action comedy "The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent" and animated film "The Bad Guys." It will be released on April 22.