Box Office: ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ at #1 with $62-M for $253-M Global Debut 

Box Office: ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ at #1 with $62-M for $253-M Global Debut 

Box Office: ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ at #1 with $62-M for $253-M Global Debut

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Mark Wahlberg’s comedy ‘Instant Family’ opened in 4th place with $14.7-M, followed by Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’ with $12.3-M

In North America, the Harry Potter spinoff  from Warner Brothers’ debuted to $ 62.2-M from 4,163 theaters, saw poor reviews and a B+ CinemaScore.

Sony’s Venom stayed atop the chart in China with $51.2-M for a 10-day box office total there of $207.1-M and a worldwide take of $780.5-M.

Crimes of Grindelwald, by J.K. Rowling and directed by David Yates, sparked controversy when Johnny Depp was cast as the villain Gellert Grindelwald. Nearly 70% of ticket buyers were over the age of 25, while females made up 57% of the audience.

The holdovers

The Grinch in its 2nd frame, came #2 with a flush $38.2-M from 4,141 locations for a 10-day domestic box office of $126.5-M. It took in $9.4-M from 23 markets overseas for an early foreign take of $25.2-M and $151.7-M worldwide.

The Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody held well 3rd outing, coming in #3 with $15.7-M from 3,810 cinemas. The film’s domestic take through Sunday stands at $129.7-M. At the foreign box office, the movie earned $45-M from 75 markets for a international take of $256.4-M and $384.3-M worldwide.

The new Paramount holiday comedy Instant Family, starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne, opened in 4th place in North America with $14.7-M from 3,286 theaters. Instant Family cost about $48-M to produce.

Widows, directed by Steve McQueen, rounded out the Top 5 with $12.3-M from 2,803 locations. The film, $42-M film, financed by New Regency, earned a B CinemaScore. Overseas, it earned $2.9-M from 19 markets for an early foreign take of $7.3-M and $19.6-M worldwide.

Green Book launched in 25 theaters for a solid per-screen average of $12,520. From DreamWorks, Participant and Universal, the comedy-drama stars Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen as a classical pianist and an Italian-American driver, respectively, who embark on a road trip through the American South in the racially divided 1960’s. The film earned a coveted A+ CinemaScore.

At the specialty box office

CBS Films’ At Eternity’s Gate, from director Julian Schnabel and starring Willem Dafoe as Vincent van Gogh, posted the Top screen average at the weekend of $23,000 upon opening in 4 cinemas in New York City and Los Angeles after premiering at the 2018 Venice Film Festival, where Mr. Dafoe was awarded the Coppa Volpi for best actor.

Have some fun, see a movie this week.

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