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The American ‘Real Housewives’ franchise is taking its glamour and soap opera abroad for the first time. This institution of network reality television is coming for the skyscraper-studded sheikhdom of Dubai. “The Real Housewives of Dubai” debuts on Wednesday, inducting six new women into the Bravo network’s crown jewel of catfights and marital meltdowns that is beloved, binged and hate-watched around the world. Dubai might be across the world from the California gated community where the reality show empire premiered in 2006. But cast members say their extravagant, party-hard lives debunk stereotypes about the United Arab Emirates, a Gulf Arab federation where Islam is the official religion.

"Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore" got off to a less than magical start in its first weekend in U.S. and Canadian theaters. The third installment in the Harry Potter spinoff opened to $43 million in North America, according to studio estimates Sunday. It was enough to secure the film the top spot on the box office charts, but it's also a low for the franchise. The first film had a $74.4 million debut in 2016 and the second, "The Crimes of Grindelwald" opened to $62.2 million in 2018. "The Secrets of Dumbledore," which Warner Bros. released in 4,208 locations in North America, also carries a $200 million production price tag.

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