Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Takes First and $253 Million Worldwide

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald topped the weekend box office and earned an estimated $62 million, about $13 million shy of the first film in the series.

The film should do well over the holidays but the reviews have been mixed with just 40% on RottenTomatoes and 53 on Metacritic. It received a “B+” CinemaScore, which is a dip from the first film’s “A.” The audience was 57% female and 69% of the audience age 25 years or older.

Internationally, the film brought in $191 million from 79 markets setting a record in 18 of them. Overall the film earned $253.2 million worldwide.

Dropping to second place was Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch which added an estimated $38.2 million to its domestic total bringing that to $126.5 million. The film also earned $9.4 million from 23 foreign markets for a new total of $25.2 million.

Bohemian Rhapsody came in third bringing in an estimated $15.7 million for a domestic total of $127.8 million. Internationally the film earned an estimated $45.5 million bringing its foreign total to $256.4 million and $384.3 million worldwide so far off of a $52 million budget.

In fourth place was the new film Instant Family which earned an estimated $14.7 million off of a $48 million budget. It was the lower end of expectations but the film did get an “A” CinemaScore. The film’s audience was 65% female and 61% over 35 years old.

Rounding out the top five was another new film, Widows. With an estimated $12.3 million, that opening was a bit below expectations. The film added 18 markets over the weekend earning an estimated $2.8 million to bring that total to $7.3 million.

When it comes to comic film adaptations…

Venom came in at #11 with an estimated $1.9 million to bring its domestic total to $210 million.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper look into this year’s comic adaptations and their box office earnings.