Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’

Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne’s comedy ‘Instant Family’ opens in fourth place with $14.7 million, followed by Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’ with $12.3 million; ‘Green Book’ and ‘At Eternity’s Gate’ fare well at the specialty box office.

Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald couldn’t conjure the same magic the first film did in its U.S. opening, but made up ground overseas for a worldwide launch of $253.2 million.

In North America, the sequel debuted to $62.2 million from 4,163 theaters, compared to $74.4 million for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on the same pre-Thanksgiving weekend in 2016. The first Fantastic Beasts fared better with critics and earned an A CinemaScore, while Crimes of Grindelwald battled generally poor reviews and a B+ CinemaScore.

Overseas, Fantastic Beasts 2 roared to $191 million from 79 markets, besting the foreign opening of the first Fantastic Beasts. China led with $47.5 million, although Sony’s Venom stayed atop the chart in the Middle Kingdom with $51.2 million for a phenomenal 10-day total there of $207.1 million and a worldwide tally of $780.5 million.

Fantastic Beasts 2, penned by J.K. Rowling and directed by David Yates, sparked controversy when Johnny Depp was cast as the villain Gellert Grindelwald. Last week, Depp attended the premiere in London. In the U.K., the movie debuted to $16.3 million.

Crimes of Grindelwald sees Eddie Redmayne return in the role of Newt Scamander, who is recruited by a young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) to take down Grindelwald. The ensemble cast features Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Callum Turner and Claudia Kim.

Holdover The Grinch posed plenty of competition for families in its second weekend, placing No. 2 with a flush $38.2 million from 4,141 locations for a 10-day domestic total of $126.5 million. It took in $9.4 million from 23 markets overseas, where it is rolling out slowly, for an early foreign cume of $25.2 million and $151.7 million globally.

Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody also held well in its third outing, coming in No. 3 with $15.7 million from 3,810 cinemas. The pic’s domestic cume through Sunday is $129.7 million. At the foreign box office, movie earned an additional $45 million from 75 markets for a rocking international total of $256.4 million and $384.3 million.

New all-audience comedy Instant Family, starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne, opened in fourth place in North America with $14.7 million from 3,286 theaters, well behind the Daddy’s Home series, also starring Wahlberg.

From Paramount, Instant Family reunites the actor with his Daddy’s Home and Daddy’s Home 2 director, Sean Anders. Rose Byrne stars opposite Wahlberg in the tale of a married couple who take in three foster kids. The film earned an A CinemaScore, and Paramount is hoping for a long run throughout the holidays.

Widows, directed by Steve McQueen, rounded out the top five with $12.3 million from 2,803 locations. The female-fronted heist pic stars Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo as a cadre of women who plot to rob a crime boss after their husbands are killed. It earned a B CinemaScore, which could prove problematic when it comes to word of mouth.

Fox, New Regency and See-Saw Films partnered in bringing Widows to the big screen. Overseas, it earned $2.9 million from 19 markets for an early foreign total of $7.3 million and $19.6 million globally.

Widows has awards ambitions, as does Green Book, which 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 1960s. The film earned a coveted A+ CinemaScore.

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

Next week features plenty of options over the long, Thanksgiving holiday. Beginning on Wednesday, Disney will be releasing Ralph Breaks the Internet into ~3,800 locations, MGM will debut the sequel Creed II and Lionsgate is taking a chance with the latest re-imagining of Robin Hood.

his weekend’s forecast is directly below. This post will be updated on Friday morning with Thursday night preview results followed by Friday estimates on Saturday morning, and a complete weekend recap on Sunday morning.

  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (4,163 theaters) – $68.0 M
  • Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (4,141 theaters) – $38.5 M
  • Bohemian Rhapsody (3,810 theaters) – $18.5 M
  • Instant Family (3,286 theaters) – $18.0 M
  • Widows (2,803 theaters) – $17.2 M
  • A Star is Born (2,010 theaters) – $5.4 M
  • Overlord (2,859 theaters) – $5.2 M
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2,635 theaters) – $4.7 M
  • The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story (2,929 theaters) – $4.1 M
  • Nobody’s Fool (1,301 theaters) – $3.0 M