Warner Bros. Pictures‘ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has grossed $40.1 million globally its first two days. The film started playing internationally on Wednesday and brought in $18.4 million from 55 overseas markets on Thursday, for a total of $31 million. Domestically, The Crimes of Grindelwald debuted with $9.1 million at Thursday previews, which tops the $8.75 million opening night of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. That puts the film at $40.1 million globally with the weekend still to come!
The first numbers also coming in from China put the film at $12.8 million for Friday from about 22,545 screens. That marks the biggest opening day for a Wizarding World film, exceeding Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by 15%.
At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.
In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) 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 thek truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.
The film features an ensemble cast led by Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Carmen Ejogo, Poppy Corby-Tuech, with Jude Law and Johnny Depp.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling. The film is produced by David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. Tim Lewis, Neil Blair, Rick Senat and Danny Cohen serve as executive producers.