Fantastic Beasts doesn’t have the Potter magic over the weekend


It seems that WB’s hope that Fantastic Beasts would begin a new Potter frenzy in America is quickly being shattered. While Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald delivered a decent box office of $62 million over the weekend, that number was actually slightly lower than the studio was projecting at $65 million, and a sizeable $13 million less than the first film in the series. WB was pulling for this new series to be the show-stopping event that a new Potter film use to be, but two movies down and it’s not quite getting the same cultural or box office clout as the original film’s.

That’s probably to be expected, and with a global cume of $253 million it’s not like Crimes of Grindelwald is a flop of any type. Even in the U.S. they studio could pull ahead of $200 million. It’s just all relative.

Speaking of relatives (yea, you like that smooth transition), two movies involving them opened with a thud this weekend as Instant Family and Widows performed below expectations. The two films were never going to be mega-hits, but their $14.7 million and $12.3 million box offices, respectively, were not what either studio was hoping for. Lucky for them they’re heading into a holiday weekend that could give them a boost, and they both have strong reviews and good word of mouth, which should give them more legs in the future.

1. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – $62,200,000
2. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch – $38,165,000
3. Bohemian Rhapsody – $15,700,000
4. Instant Family – $14,700,000
5. Widows – $12,300,000
6. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms – $4,678,000
7. A Star is Born – $4,350,000
8. Overlord – $3,850,000
9. The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story – $2,500,000
10. Nobody’s Fool – $2,260,000

Matthew Razak
Matthew Razak is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Flixist. He has worked as a critic for more than a decade, reviewing and talking about movies, TV shows, and videogames. He will talk your ear off about James Bond movies, Doctor Who, Zelda, and Star Trek.