‘Fantastic Beasts’ Conjures Up A Magical Box Office In Blockbuster Opening Weekend

The sequel to “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” has conjured up some magical results at the box office, launching in the #1 spot domestically and internationally.

As The Hollywood Reporter reports, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” debuted with a $62.2 million opening in North America along with an additional $191 million in foreign markets, for a worldwide total of $253 million in its opening weekend.

“With a big holiday weekend coming up, we have a real opportunity,” says Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Jeff Goldstein of the film, which is expected to keep doing blockbuster business over the U.S. Thanksgiving weekend and through to the Christmas holiday.

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Landing in second place, “The Grinch” continued to do strong business in its second weekend, bringing in an additional $38.2 million domestically for a 10-day domestic total of $126.5 million, and a worldwide total to date of $151.7 million.

The Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” continued to bring in moviegoers in its third weekend, capturing the third-place spot with $15.7 million for a three-week cumulative total of $129.7 million, and a worldwide total of $384.3 million.

Rounding out the weekend’s top five, the Mark Wahlberg-starring “Instant Family” came in at #4 with a domestic gross of $14.7 million, while crime thriller “Widows” landed in fifth place with an opening weekend gross of $12.3 million.

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