Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald is projected to have a $65 Million-plus opening weekend at the domestic box office.
The next installment in the Wizarding World series hits theaters next month and the first opening projections are putting it on par with the first Fantastic Beasts film. Variety reports Crimes of Grindlewald is projected to open domestically between $65 million and $75 million. The first Fantastic Beasts film opened to $74 million and went on to earn a total of $814 million worldwide. In comparison to the Harry Potter films, Deathly Hallows: Part 2 holds the highest opening weekend for the franchise with $169 million, while Order of the Phoenix earned the least with $77 million.
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Here’s the synopsis for the upcoming film:
In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans of raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided world.
Directed by David Yates with a script from J.K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Johnny Depp, Ezra Miller, Jude Law, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, David Sakurai, Claudia Kim, Brontis Jodorowsky, Wolf Roth, Victoria Yeates, Derek Riddell, Poppy Corby-Tuech, and Cornell S. John.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits theaters on November 16, 2018.