Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
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The Crimes of Grindelwald set to make some monstrous money, but not as much as the first Fantastic Beasts

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Nov 15, 2018

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is on course to make a killing during its first weekend at the box office, but the prequel series still isn't in the stratosphere of the OG Potter films.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the highly-anticipated Wizarding World sequel will nab the top spot in the domestic and international markets with $65 million and $250 million respectively. It's expected to do especially well on J.K. Rowling's home turf of Great Britain. Having opened in 10 global markets on Wednesday, the magical movie has already made $10.1 million, with France leading Europe thus far with $2.6 million.

That being said, the follow-up — which has received mix-to-positive reviews — will not do as well as other Wizarding World offerings like the first Fantastic Beasts film, which brought in over $74 million during its domestic weekend debut in November of 2016.

Both certainly aren't on the same level as the eight Harry Potter films, which always stayed at or above $77 million for their North American weekend openings, even crossing over $100 million for three of the entries — per the numbers of Box Office Mojo.

Written by Rowling and directed by David Yates, The Crimes of Grindelwald finds magical zoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) squaring off against the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) at the behest of his old Hogwarts professor, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law).

Dan Fogler (Jacob Kowalski), Katherine Waterston (Tina Goldstein), Alison Sudol (Queenie Goldstein), Zoë Kravitz (Leta Lestrange), Ezra Miller (Credence Barebone), Callum Turner (Theseus Scamander), Carmen Ejogo (Seraphina Piquery), Claudia Kim (Nagini), Brontis Jodorowsky (Nicolas Flamel), and more are also part of the ensemble cast. 

The movie opens in previews this evening and in theaters everywhere tomorrow.


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