THR is reporting that Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald raked in a good amount of money in its U.S. opening and much more from the worldwide launch.
According to the network, the sequel debuted to $62.2 million from 4,163 theaters in North America, compared to $74.4 million for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on the same pre-Thanksgiving weekend in 2016, and $253.2 million. worldwide.
Also, the first Fantastic Beasts reportedly fared better with critics and earned an A CinemaScore, while Crimes of Grindelwald battled generally poor reviews and a B+ CinemaScore.
However, the success of the new venture won’t just be measured by box office sales. The franchise is preparing to rake in billions of dollars from fans who will buy the film’s merchandise, attend the amusement parks and see the movies multiple times.
Only two years ago, moviegoers worldwide shelled out more than $814 million to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first film in the series — and that’s not counting the $58 million spent on DVD and Blu-ray copies of the film.
The final film in the original series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” alone garnered more than $1.3 billion at the box office in 2011.
We can’t wait to see how the latest film fares.