The Hollywood Reporter notes that Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has earned $9 million in Thursday night previews.
In 2016, the first Fantastic Beasts film earned $8.8 million in preview screenings before grossing $74.4 million at the domestic box office over its opening weekend. Now, The Crimes of Grindelwald has outperformed its predecessors with a $9.1 million debut in previews and could earn a domestic opening weekend total of 65 million to $75 million.
The first of many planned Fantastic Beasts sequels is expected to gross more overseas, where it earned an additional $18.4 million on Thursday after opening on Wednesday, bringing its two-day total to $31 million.
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At the end of the first film, the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise wizards and witches up to rule over all non-magical beings.
In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, 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 wizarding world.
Directed by David Yates from a script written by J. K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Jude Law and Johnny Depp.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is now playing in theaters!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter