The second chapter in the post-Harry Potter world earned mediocre reviews, but audiences didn't seem to mind.
With a $62 million haul, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (#1) easily topped the weekend. The number was a little lower than its predecessor's first weekend take back in 2016, but a hefty start to a film that's already debuted to staggering numbers internationally. With its North American numbers, the film now sits at $253 million worldwide.
The film's critical consensus is the lowest for any Harry Potter film. It currently has a 40% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Other major openings weren't as victorious. Paramount's Instant Family (#4) walked away with a $14.7 million opening weekend Fox/New Regency's Widows (#5) earned just $12.5 million. That opening was well under estimates for a film that was expected to be a major awards season and box office success, especially for its star-studded cast.
Family films always do well this time o year and last weekend's number one film, The Grinch (#2), continued to shine because of it. The animated flick took in another $38 million.
In limited release, Universal's Green Book (#20) earned $313,000 from just 25 theaters. The studio is banking on the film to be a major awards season star. CBS Films' At Eternity's Gate (#27) earned the best per-theater average, bringing in $92,000 from 4 theaters.
Estimates earlier this week show that 2018 has been quite the year for moviegoing. Year-to-year, 2018 is performing about 10% ahead of the same wepoint in 2017.
Leaving the Top Ten this week are supervillain flick Venom (#11), horror reboot Halloween (#16), and drama The Hate U Give (#14).
This week, the Thanksgiving holiday means studios will be banking on families heading to the cinema. Ralph Breaks the Internet should be the holiday weekend's winner. The animated film has already earned some impressive positive press. Creed II will hope to woo the older family crowd. And, Robin Hood is bound to be one of the year's biggest disappointment. Plus, Green Book will expand to more theaters, as will The Favourite.
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1. FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD - $62.2 million
2. THE GRINCH - $38.16 million
3. BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY - $15.7 million
4. INSTANT FAMILY - $14.7 million
5. WIDOWS - $12.3 million
6. THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS - $4.67 million
7. A STAR IS BORN - $4.35 million
8. OVERLORD - $3.85 million
9. THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB - $2.5 million
10. NOBODY'S FOOL - $2.26 million
All box office numbers provided by BoxOfficeMojo.com.