AceShowbiz - "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" cast a spell on moviegoes with a successful debut. The second installment of "Harry Potter" spin-off "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them" raked in an estimated $62 million in the U.S. and Canada from Friday through Sunday (November 16-18).
Still starring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Ezra Miller as Credence Barebone and Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald, the Warner Bros. movie opened to a slightly lower than the domestic start of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" back in 2016. However, the studio is confident that the "Fantastic Beasts" will soon be a strong international play as the second flick has already raked $191 million for a global opening.
Helmed by returning director David Yates, the follow-up attracted people over the age of 25 who made 69% of its audience. The latest offering from the wizarding series, however, didn't get good reviews from critics as it currently holds a 40% on Rotten Tomatoes and a B+ on Cinemascore.
"We're extremely pleased with the opening weekend and think it will play well over the holidays," Warner Bros.' president of worldwide distribution Ron Sander said. "Clearly the brilliance of what [Rowling] created is something fans continue to embrace."
"Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" dethroned Benedict Cumberbatch-starring animated flick "The Grinch", which earned approximately $38.1 million with additional $9.4 million more internationally. It brought its domestic tally to $126 million for Universal Pictures two weeks after its debut. Meanwhile, "Bohemian Rhapsody" continued rocking in third place with $15.7 million for a total of $127 million. The Queen's Freddie Mercury biopic, starring Rami Malek is still an international hit, adding in $45.5 million in global market.
Rounding out the top five, which last week was taken by "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms", was 20th Century Fox's "Widows". The drama/mystery movie made approximately $12.3 million opening. Disney's "The Nutcraker and the Four Realms" fell down 2 spots to #6 with approximately $4.7 million, dropping 46% from last week's gross.
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