Warner Bros’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelweld” delivers solid performance at the box office with $65 million debut.
The second entry of Fantastic Beasts franchise topped the weekend as expected, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” fell a bit short of the studio’s anticipated $65 million debut with an estimated $62 million from 4,163 theaters and $13 million shy of the debut for the first film “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”.
The film received only 40% on RottenTomatoes and 53 on Metacritic, and the film received a “B+” CinemaScore, which, in CinemaScore terms, is a notable decline compared to the “A” the first film received, but “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” still managed to performance well and took the first spot at the box office and topped other newcomers “Instant Family” and “widows”.
Internationally, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” opened in 79 markets and earned $191 million on the opening weekend, including Russia ($12.1m) and Brazil ($6.9m) along with performances ahead of the first film in 43 markets, including France ($11.7m), Germany ($12.8m), Russia, Brazil and Mexico ($6.2m). China led all markets with an estimated $37.5 million debut, which is a shade behind the $40.4 million opening for the first film. So, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” earned total $253 million global debut.
Universal and Illumination’s “The Grinch” took the second spot with an estimated $38.2 million on its second week. The film earned total gross $126 million. Internationally, “The Grinch” added $9.4 million from 23 markets and estimated totals $25.2 million.
Fox’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” landed in the third spot with an estimated $15.7 million on its second week and grossed over $127 million. Internationally, the film added another $45.5 million this weekend with total gross $256 million worldwide.
Newcomer Paramount’s “Instant Family” took the fourth spot in our list with an estimated $14.7 million debut, which came in at the lower end of expectations The studio can be happy about the “A” CinemaScore the film received from opening day audiences, hoping it will translate into a strong hold next weekend and throughout the holiday season, though an opening of this size doesn’t give it room to gain much ground.
Finished at the fifth spot at the box office, Fox’s “Widows” delivers an estimated $12.3 million from 2,803 locations. Internationally, after opening in the UK last weekend, “Widows” added another 18 markets this weekend where it grossed an estimated $2.8 million for an early international cume totaling $7.3 million. “Widows” plans to open in another 26 markets next week including Argentina, Australia, Netherlands and Russia.