Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
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Box office: Fantastic Beasts sequel to accio top spot with over $60M domestically

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Nov 18, 2018, 10:37 AM EST

J.K. Rowling still has the magic touch. 

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the second installment in the Fantastic Beasts-Wizarding World film series, is on course to make between $63 million to $65 million from 4,163 domestic box offices. While impressive, it's not on par with the first movie, which took in over $74 million during its weekend debut in November of 2016. Globally, the sequel will take a bite out of $253 million.

WARNING! The following contains some minor plot spoilers for the Harry Potter prequel! Enemies of the heir, beware!

Written by Rowling and directed by David Yates, the movie finds magical zoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) traveling to Paris on the wishes of Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) in order to curtail the growing support for a recently escaped Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). The film offers up some new magical beasties, a deeper look at the romantic relationship had by Dumbledore and Grindelwald when they were younger, and a shocking reveal surrounding the background of Obscurial Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller).

Along for the ride are Auror Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), Tina's sister Queenie (Alison Sudol), Muggle baker Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), Newt's old flame Leta Lestrange (Zoë Kravitz), Newt's brother Theseus (Callum Turner), Maledictus Nagini (Claudia Kim), and the immortal alchemist Nicolas Flamel (Brontis Jodorowsky).

Reviews for the sequel have been somewhat mixed, but there's plenty to love for die-hard Potterheads, who will relish the return (however brief) to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Other genre movies fighting for their right to party at this weekend's box office are Illumination's The Grinch, Paramount's Overlord, and Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.

In particular, the latest adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic (starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular role) should steal around $39 million for its second weekend outing, a 47% drop in profits since its opening last week. Nevertheless, that $39 million will sled the animated holiday feature well over the $100 million mark, having already amassed over $97 million from domestic theaters. Overseas, the film has only made a little over $13 million.

Overlord and The Nutcracker made just over $1 million from Friday returns. Their estimated weekend totals have yet to be calculated, but both films have made over $25 million and $102 million respectively from international sales.

(via Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and Box Office Mojo)