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“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” Warner Bros.’ second film in the spinoff from the Harry Potter movies, earned $9.1 million at the box office from Thursday previews on. It will open wide on over 4,000 screens this weekend.
The sequel is currently projected to open in the high $60 million range, with estimates topping out at $73 million from independent trackers, but it beat the Thursday total of the first film, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” from 2016, which earned $8.75 million in Thursday previews on its way to earning $74.4 million in its opening weekend.
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling wrote the original story that’s part of a five-film prequel in the magical universe. Eddie Redmayne stars alongside Katherine Waterston, Jude Law and Johnny Depp as the film’s villain. “The Crimes of Grindelwald” has just a 49 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, so unlike the original film, it will be working to overcome tepid reviews.
Both Paramount’s “Instant Family,” starring Mark Wahlberg, and Fox’s thriller “Widows,” starring Viola Davis, are also opening wide this weekend.
“Instant Family” brought in $550,000 on Thursday night. Paramount is projecting an opening in the mid-teens to as high as $20 million when it opens on approximately 3,258 screens domestically. Comparatively, Wahlberg’s “Daddy’s Home 2,” which also opened in early November last year, earned $1.5 million in Thursday previews and would open to $29.6 million.
In the family comedy starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne and directed by Sean Anders, the two play a couple of new parents of three adopted children. The film has a 70 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
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