- “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” won the weekend box office with $US62.2 million, but that’s lower than the opening for 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
- It’s also the lowest opening weekend ever for a “Harry Potter” film.
- If the first “Fantastic Beasts” is any indication, the sequel will find most of its box office coin at the foreign box office.
- It has a huge $US250 million-plus worldwide box office total already.
- Meanwhile, other new releases “Instant Family” and “Widows” fell flat.
With the incredible success of the “Harry Potter” movie franchise in the early 2000s, Warner Bros. was certainly going to give us a spin-off franchise, but so far the “Fantastic Beasts” movies aren’t taking in the money that the “Potter” titles did.
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” opened on over 4,000 screens over the weekend and took in an estimated $US62.2 million. It’s the smallest domestic opening for any of the “Harry Potter” titles, beating out the previous lowest earner, 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which brought in $US74.4 million in its opening.
The lowest domestic opening for any of the original “Harry Potter” releases was 2007’s “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” which had a $US77.1 million opening. Counting inflation, that would be a $US102.4 million opening today.
But like many franchises these days, Warner Bros. is probably looking more towards the international take than at home. The foreign gross for 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts” took in 71% of the movie’s $US814 million worldwide gross. And so far with “Crimes of Grindelwald,” that trend is continuing. The movie already has over $US253.2 million worldwide total, thanks to its $US191 million international take to date.
Meanwhile, the other new releases of the weekend had soft openings.
Paramount’s “Instant Family,” starring Mark Wahlberg, looks to not be the top choice for family options at the multiplex, as the $US48 million-budgeted family comedy only took in $US14 million.
And Fox’s $US42 million-crime caper “Widows” – with the top-flight cast of Viola Davis, Liam Neeson, and Colin Farrell – also had trouble finding an audience with only a $US12.3 million take.