‘Fantastic Beasts 2' Opens Solid, But Behind Predecessor at Box Office
Warner Bros.' “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” will top the box office charts with an estimated $65 million opening after making $25.7 million on Friday, including $9.1 million from Tuesday/Thursday previews. But signs are already present that while this sequel might have a solid run, “Harry Potter” fans aren't as excited for this spinoff series as they were for the film adaptations of J.K. Rowling's novels.
By comparison, the first “Fantastic Beasts” opened to $74.4 million in November 2016 and went on to gross $234 million domestically. That opening was already lower than those of all eight “Potter” films; and while the box office performance of the “Potter” series flicked up and down before peaking with the final, two-part “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” “Fantastic Beasts” and its sequel are showing the sort of diminishing franchise returns in North America that “Potter” never did.
That includes how the films were received, with the first “Fantastic Beasts” earning an A on CinemaScore...
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