Warner Bros. Pictures‘ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald took over the worldwide box office this weekend with a global total of $253.2 million. The film debuted in 4,163 North American theaters with $62.2 million, an average of $14,941 per location. While that is certainly not bad, it is well below the $74.4 million that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opened with in November of 2016.
Internationally, the sequel has collected $191 million from 79 markets since starting its rollout on November 14, with $37.5 million coming from China, $16.3 million from the UK, $12.8 million from Germany, $12.1 million from Russia, $11.8 million from Korea, and $11.7 million from France.
$20.1 million of the global total for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald came from IMAX theaters. That’s 31% bigger than Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the second-biggest Wizarding World opening, trailing only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2‘s $23.1 million. The Crimes of Grindelwald earned $7.5 million at domestic IMAX theaters and $12.6 million at international locations.
“The global response to FBCOG has been fantastic,” said Ron Sanders, President, Worldwide Theatrical Distribution and President, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. “We have seen growth from film to film and look forward to fans with their friends and families continuing to enjoy the film throughout the holiday season. We congratulate director David Yates and his fellow filmmakers, including producer David Heyman and the brilliant J.K. Rowling, as well as the entire ensemble cast on this very successful opening.””
Made for $200 million, The Crimes of Grindelwald received a B+ CinemaScore from audiences. The David Yates-directed sequel stars 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 and Where to Find Them ended up with $814 million worldwide, with $234 million from North America and $580 million from international markets.
Illumination Entertainment’s Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (Universal Pictures) dropped to second place but added another $38.2 million to put its two-week domestic total at $126.5 million. The animated film is up to $25.2 million internationally and has a worldwide gross of $151.7 million. The Grinch, produced for $75 million, was directed by Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney and features the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Cameron Seely, Angela Lansbury, and Pharrell Williams.
In third place, 20th Century Fox’s Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody earned $15.7 million and has earned $127.9 million in North America after three weeks. The film grossed another $45.5 million from 78 international markets this weekend, putting its overseas total at $256.4 million and global sum at $384.3 million. Made for $52 million, Bohemian Rhapsody stars Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, as well as Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aiden Gillen, Tom Hollander, and Mike Myers.
Paramount Pictures dramedy Instant Family, starring Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Octavia Spencer, Isabela Moner, Tig Notaro, and Margo Martindale, debuted in fourth place with $14.7 million from 3,286 theaters, an average of $4,474 per location. The film was directed by Sean Anders and received an A CinemaScore. It cost $48 million to make.
Rounding out the top five at the domestic box office was Steve McQueen’s Widows (20th Century Fox), which brought in $12.3 million from 2,803 theaters, an average of $4,388. The film also collected $2.8 million from 19 international markets, to put its overseas total at $7.3 million. Made for $42 million, Widows stars Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, Cynthia Erivo, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Lukas Haas, and Brian Tyree Henry. The film received a B CinemaScore.
Also, Sony Pictures’ Venom continues to perform incredibly well in China with another $51.2 million its second weekend. With a total of $207.1 million in the country, Venom is now the third-biggest superhero movie of all time there, trailing only Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Age of Ultron. The worldwide total for the film now stands at $780.5 million, with $210 million coming from North America and $570.5 million from international markets. The Ruben Fleischer-directed film cost $100 million to make and stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, and Reid Scott.