It’s another weekend full of magic and mystery at the box office, with “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” aperating into theaters across the country. The Harry Potter spinoff did have some competition at the box office this weekend, opening against the crime-thriller “Widows” and the comedy “Instant Family”.
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” opened at number-one at the box office with a $62M debut across 4,163 locations, less than the original film’s $74M domestic opening weekend in 2016. “Fantastic Beasts 2” was directed by David Yates, the film features Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, and Johnny Depp. The original installment made over $814M worldwide for the studio.
If you want to compare the opening with the Harry Potter franchise, it doesn’t beat any of the original releases. The first Harry Potter film, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” hit theaters back in 2001 with a $90M opening weekend and made over $974M worldwide. The sequel released in 2002 and was called “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” that film had an $88M opening and made over $878M globally. “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” released in 2004, bringing in $93M on its opening weekend before grossing over $796M worldwide. The fourth installment, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” opened in 2005 with a $102M opening weekend before grossing $896M globally. “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” saw a smaller $77M opening weekend in 2007 but the film made more money overall that the previous installment with a $939M worldwide total. The next installment released in 2009 and was called “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” which made $77M on opening weekend before making $934M worldwide. Then came the closing chapters, with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I” making $125M on opening weekend before grossing $960M worldwide, and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II” making $169M on opening weekend before grossing $1.3B worldwide.
The new Harry Potter release bumped “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” down to second place overall on the domestic charts, but the animated-comedy still made over $38M across 4,141 locations this weekend. That raises the film’s two-week domestic total to just over $126M for Universal Pictures. “The Grinch” was directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier, the film features the voice talents of Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Seely, and Rashida Jones.
“Bohemian Rhapsody,” from Fox, made $15M across 3,810 locations this weekend. The film, now in its third-week in theaters, now sits at $127M. “Bohemian Rhapsody” was directed by Bryan Singer, the film stars Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, and Gwilym Lee.
Paramount Pictures’ comedy “Instant Family” edged out “Widows” this weekend. “Instant Family” made an estimated $14.7M across 3,286 locations, while “Widows” made $12.3M at 2,803 locations. “Widows” was directed by Steve McQueen, the film features Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Liam Neeson, Jon Bernthal, Robert Duvall, and Colin Farrell. “Instant Family” was directed by Sean Anders, the film features Rose Byrne and Mark Wahlberg.
Next weekend will be another big one, with Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” opening against “Creed 2,” “Robin Hood,” and the limited-release of “Green Book”.