The new Wizarding World sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has topped the box office in its opening weekend, raking in $62 million in its U.S. debut. The film has also earned an impressive $191 million in other territories, bringing in the global debut to $253.2 million.
Compared to its predecessor Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, this U.S. opening weekend number for The Crimes of Grindelwald comes below that debut, but surpasses its original global opening at $219.9 million.
These U.S. tallies come under original industry estimates for the film, which had anticipated it receiving at least $65 million in its opening debut.
The new film has received the worst reviews of the Wizarding World franchise thus far, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 40% approval from critics, making this an all-time low for a franchise that has always received a Fresh rating for each of its films until now. As for audience reception, the film received a B+ CinemaScore so we’ll see how the Thanksgiving box office and the next few weeks to come will effect the entire run.
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Here is the synopsis for the film:
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: Box Office Mojo