Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald stumbles with its U.S. opening, but made up ground overseas for a worldwide launch of $253.2 million.
Domestically, the sequel debuted to $62.2 million from 4,163 theaters, compared to $74.4 million for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on the same pre-Thanksgiving weekend in 2016. The first Fantastic Beasts fared better with critics and earned an A CinemaScore, while Crimes of Grindelwald received generally poor reviews and a B+ CinemaScore.
Internationally, Fantastic Beasts 2 charmed its way to $191 million from 79 markets, besting the foreign opening of the first Fantastic Beasts. China came on top with $47.5 million. In the U.K., The Crimes of Grindelwald debuted to $16.3 million.
Illumination’s The Grinch scooped up the family demographic its second weekend, placing No. 2 with a gross of $38.2 million from 4,141 locations for a 10-day domestic total of $126.5 million. It raked in $9.4 million from 23 markets overseas, where it is debuting slowly but surely for an early foreign total of $25.2 million and $151.7 million globally.
Controversial Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody also remained steady in its third outing, coming in No. 3 with $15.7 million from 3,810 cinemas. At the foreign box office, movie earned an additional $45 million from 75 markets for an international total of $384.3 million.
New family comedy from Paramount, Instant Family, starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne, opened in fourth place in North America with $14.7 million from 3,286 theaters, well behind the Daddy’s Home series, also starring Wahlberg.
Finally, rounding out the top 5 is Steve McQueen’s Widows which came in with $12.3 million from 2,803 locations. The female-fronted heist pic stars Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo. It earned a B CinemaScore, which could prove problematic when it comes to word of mouth. Overseas, it earned $2.9 million from 19 markets for an early foreign total of $7.3 million and $19.6 million globally.