It may have fallen short of earlier expectations, but J.K Rowling's Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald dominated the global box office with an estimated haul of $253 million worldwide. The tenth film in Wizarding World has received a mixed response from critics and has the unfortunate privilege of being the lowest US opening weekend in the franchise thus far with $62 million.
For perspective, back in 2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them generated $74 million over its US opening weekend. When all was said and done, the film made more than $814 million worldwide, a figure that the sequel might struggle to match based on its first frame. On the more positive side for The Crimes of Grindelwald, the international box office yielded a robust $191 million from Potter fans across the world. Aside from its November 23 release in Japan, Fantastic Beasts 2 has launched in all major territories and is banking on a strong hold over the festive period to boost those numbers.
Illumination's The Grinch had a respectable second weekend with $38.1 million for a current domestic total of $126 million. Benedict Cumberbatch lends his voice to Dr Seuss' creation which is co-directed by former Kevin Smith collaborator, Scott Mosier. Bohemian Rhapsody rocked another $16 million from US audiences for a domestic running total of more than $126 million. Internationally, Bohemian Rhapsody has generated a whopping $257 million and counting for a global haul that will hit $400 million by the end of the week.
Mark Wahlberg reunites with Daddy's Home and Daddy's Home 2 director Sean Anders for Instant Family, taking fourth place with an underwhelming $14.5 million. Steve McQueen's star-studded heist movie Widows came in fifth place with $12.3 million for the weekend. Starring Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Liam Neeson, and Daniel Kaluuya, the ensemble cast might suggest an Ocean's type knockabout romp, but it's a brave and bold thriller that has substance as well as style.
Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms continues to underperform with a worldwide haul of just $116 million after three weeks on release. I think it's officially fair to label The Nutcracker and the Four Realms a flop. Speaking of flops, The Girl in the Spider's Web followed its disastrous opening weekend ($7 million) with a woeful second frame of just $2.5 million. Claire Foy steps into the role of vigilante hacker Lisbeth Salander for the reboot, but audiences haven't taken to the new Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. At the time of writing, The Girl in the Spider's Web has generated $27 million worldwide against a production budget of $43 million. While that's less than half the cost of David Fincher's 2011 Dragon Tattoo remake, Fincher's film grossed more than $232 million globally by the time it was done in cinemas.