Box Office: ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ Charms With $62 Million Debut

Variety | 11/18/2018 | Rebecca Rubin
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“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” enchanted moviegoers with a debut of $62 million.

While that’s slightly lower than the start of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” the first installment in the “Harry Potter” spinoff series, it was easily enough to dominate the weekend box office.

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Warner Bros., the studio behind the wizarding series, sees “Fantastic Beasts” as more of an international play, where the follow-up has already earned $191 million. Stateside, “Crimes of Grindelwald” has battled the worst reviews yet for a “Harry Potter” entry. It currently holds a bleak 40% on Rotten Tomatoes and a B+ Cinemascore.

“The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second entry in what Warner Bros. intends to be a five-film franchise and is part of the studio’s ongoing effort to wring more riches from the wizarding world popularized by author J.K. Rowling.

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Theaters were able to entice more than just witches and wizards this weekend. New offerings, along with a number of holdovers, were able to draw muggles and crack the top five as comedy “Instant Family” and heist drama “Widows” each opened relatively on par with expectations.

For Paramount, “Instant Family” starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne, generated $14 million when it launched in 3,286 locations. The feel-good film that’s loosely based on a true story of a married couple who adopt three young children earned a promising A CinemaScore, as well as a 79% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Fox and New Regency are distributing “Widows,” directed by Steve McQueen, which brought in $12.5 million from 2,805 venues. The movie cost $40 million to make and follows a group of women who arrange a...
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