‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel Conjures $9.1 Million at Thursday Box Office

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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.

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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.

More to come…

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Ezra Miller’s Out-There ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Premiere Look: ‘Human Duvet’ or ‘Sassy Sleeping Bag’?

Ezra Miller’s Out-There ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Premiere Look: ‘Human Duvet’ or ‘Sassy Sleeping Bag’?

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Between helping to birth goats, terrorizing Tilda Swinton and cosplaying as a female Toad from the Super Mario games, Ezra Miller has quickly become one of Hollywood’s most fascinating fashion icons and movie stars.

His latest outfit, which he wore on the red carpet to the premiere of “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” in Paris Thursday, basically said, “I see you Lady Gaga and Bjork, and I raise you this.”

Is it an alien larvae? Is it a chic, goth, “sassy sleeping bag?” Some kind of flotation device? Did the Michelin Man design it?

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Quite literally, Miller’s outfit was a winter coat inspired Moncler collaboration with Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli. So you know it costs than something from REI.

Of course, social media users had a lot of fun describing whatever it was, from saying that Lizzie McGuire wore it best first to presuming that he’ll one day transform into a beautiful butterfly.

“Ezra Miller is my spirit animal,” one person wrote on Twitter. “ONLY Ezra Miller could wear this and still be hot,” another chimed in. Yes, I’m sure he was hot wearing that.

See some of the online reaction below:

ezra miller really dressed like a sassy sleeping bag last night & somehow managed to pull it off pic.twitter.com/4oAJlTSV4d

— Jess ???? (@worldreads) November 8, 2018

I mean, look at Ezra Miller just casually achieving my dreams of becoming a human duvet pic.twitter.com/hkUv9BznwL

— Clarisse Loughrey (@clarisselou) November 8, 2018

Ezra Miller is going to turn into a beautiful butterfly ???????? #FantasticBeasts pic.twitter.com/m1P1FBCAgM

— kat deeluna ◟̽◞̽ (@kathy_deluna) November 9, 2018

#EzraMiller on the red carpet for #FantasticBeasts but dressed to survive the Titanic premiere pic.twitter.com/8wwk1EnMTF

— Apothem Media (@ApothemMedia) November 8, 2018

you’ve heard of daisy ridley rocking a trash bag now get ready for ezra miller rocking an air mattress pic.twitter.com/z3XgARNjXV

— elle castle loves rick (@reyskhaleesi) November 8, 2018

Ezra Miller taking fashion inspiration from me pic.twitter.com/LxLvDle71u

— Lizzie McGuire (@ImLizzieM) November 8, 2018

#EzraMiller on the red carpet for #FantasticBeasts wearing Michelin pic.twitter.com/zZ9XJsDqLH

— Apothem Media (@ApothemMedia) November 8, 2018

Ezra Miller at the premiere for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. You’re welcome. pic.twitter.com/D3eD8Tg75c

— Ali Plumb (@AliPlumb) November 9, 2018

Ezra Miller welcomes you to the world premiere of #FantasticBeasts⁠ ⁠: The Crimes of Grindelwald in Paris, France Here’s all the magic from the red carpet (thread): pic.twitter.com/kdrE7xiGHE

— Pottermore (@pottermore) November 8, 2018

i can’t believe he’s dressed as a garbage bag for the fantastic beasts premiere ????????????lmao pic.twitter.com/RQoSFAYoSR

— best of ezra miller (@bestofezra) November 8, 2018

Ezra Miller is my spirit animal pic.twitter.com/23SoMlHhEM

— josie ???????? (@emiliaheards) November 9, 2018

Revive Sunset Boulevard with Ezra Miller as Norma Desmond. pic.twitter.com/TIPbMTWwQg

— Louis Pumpkin Peitzman (@LouisPeitzman) November 8, 2018

Do we even deserve Ezra Miller? pic.twitter.com/9ndsMh13Ro

— Xisco Lozano (@XiscoLozdob) November 9, 2018

ONLY ezra miller could wear this and STILL be hot pic.twitter.com/EniAMNfFNj

— ᴇᴠᴀɴɢᴇʟɪɴᴇ???? (@stabmeloki) November 9, 2018

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” opens in theaters Nov. 16.

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‘Fantastic Beasts:’ J.K. Rowling Teases Future Stories as Fans Vow to #ProtectTheSecrets

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Harry Potter fans are bursting at the seams to share what they saw during “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” screenings across the country on Sunday, but have vowed to #ProtectTheSecrets.

Early reaction on social media to the “Fantastic Beasts” sequel was overwhelmingly ecstatic following fan screenings, with many speculating what happens next, but they’re keeping their lips buttoned (for now), as they’ve received buttons that read #ProtectTheSecrets above the Deathly Hallows symbol and have been sworn to secrecy.

Following the Los Angeles screening, the cast and crew held a Q&A outside of Harry Potter World in Universal Studios. Eddie Redmayne even shared a video begging fans to not leak the secrets of the “Fantastic Beasts” sequel, which he says is filled with Easter Eggs and juicy, spoiler details.

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A message from Eddie Redmayne for those that will be among the first to see #FantasticBeasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. #ProtectTheSecrets pic.twitter.com/9eRWdnT4ra

— Fantastic Beasts (@FantasticBeasts) November 3, 2018

Even Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is finding it difficult to keep the lid on secrets and speculations, tweeting this comment teasing “CERTAIN THINGS” to await in future installments of the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise.

True. I can’t wait for you all to get caught up, because I’m already one story on and it’s killing me not to be able to discuss CERTAIN THINGS. https://t.co/3Sz1RArqG3

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) November 3, 2018

What does that mean? Well, that’s anyone’s guess. Though for anyone wildly speculating on Reddit, here’s Harry ominously saying the phrase “certain things” in “Chamber of Secrets.”

While originally set up as a spinoff series from the British Harry Potter universe now set in America, the sequel to the first “Fantastic Beasts” introduces a young Albus Dumbledore played by Jude Law, the Deathly Hallows symbol has been plastered all over advertisements for the film, and a recent trailer even revealed that we would meet a woman who can transfigure into a snake who fans quickly noted shares the same name with Lord Voldemort’s pet snake in the Harry Potter films.

Here are a few other fans having fun with Rowling’s “certain things” proclamation.

Anyone else hear CERTAIN….THINGS in Severus Snape’s laconic drawl!? #FantasticBeasts2 #CrimesOfGrindelwald

— Akshay Kalidasan (@Axe2811) November 3, 2018

WHAT THINGS?!!! pic.twitter.com/nVBEUsqIGr

— Madeline Rae (@MadelineRae23) November 3, 2018

CERTAIN THINGS pic.twitter.com/rUIti8d8Xr

— Vicky (@vicky_mx16) November 3, 2018

Constant internal screaming these things you want to share?

— ????Cassie???? (@J2andWin) November 3, 2018

OMG! What CERTAIN THINGS?!?! You play fair now, JK! Seriously though, can’t wait! ????

— troubled (@troubledaemon) November 3, 2018

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Aisha Tyler to Moderate Warner Bros/DC Comic-Con 2018 Panel (Exclusive)

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Aisha Tyler will moderate Warner Bros.’ two-hour Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con 2018, TheWrap has exclusively learned.

The presentation is expected to feature WB’s upcoming “Harry Potter” spinoff sequel “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” and “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part,” as well as its slate of DC Comics films including “Aquaman,” “Shazam” and “Wonder Woman 1984.”

The panel is set for Saturday, June 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Tyler is no stranger to Warners’ Hall H show, traditionally the first big Saturday Comic-Con panel. The “Archer” star and geek culture-icon last held court for the studio in 2015, overseeing the first look at “Suicide Squad” and official trailer for “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” among others. She’ll already be on the scene for the 2018 convention, as she’s attending the Friday, June 20 panel for “Archer” in the Indigo Ballroom.

Tyler is not replacing Chris Hardwick, who moderated WB’s 2017 Hall H presentation, but, as TheWrap exclusively reported in June, was not asked to return this year. An individual with knowledge of the situation tells TheWrap that Hardwick was never slated for a repeat appearance even before he was accused of abusive behavior by his ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra in June. Soon after the accusations were made public, the “Talking” host withdrew from scheduled Hall H appearances for AMC and BBC America.

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The WB Hall H panel has typically not used the same host back-to-back. Conan O’Brien moderated in 2016, and Hardwick’s last appearance before 2017 came in 2014.

Tyler is repped by UTA, Will Ward at Fourward, and John Miegs of Hanson, Jacobson et al.

10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2017, From ‘Ocean’s 8’ to ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (Photos)

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Avengers, panthers and dinosaurs, oh my! It’s another superhero heavy year ahead at the movies, with fans clamoring for the sequels and finales to some of the decade’s biggest franchises. A survey of Fandango users gathered up the 10 most anticipated films of 2018. We can’t wait!

“Avengers: Infinity War” (May 4)

Marvel has promised that “Infinity War” would finally start bring this chapter of the current crop of Avengers to a close and usher in a new era of heroes, and the initial trailer showcasing their fight with Thanos teases the grim stakes at hand.

“Black Panther” (Feb. 16)

The rare movie on this list to open this winter rather than in the summer, T’Challa of “Black Panther” first stole the show in “Captain America: Civil War.” And “Creed” director Ryan Coogler has assembled an impressive cast of up-and-coming black actors including Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira and Daniel Kaluuya.

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” (June 22)

Jeff Goldblum is back in the sequel to “Jurassic World,” with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard returning to Isla Nublar to rescue the dinosaurs that live there from being wiped out by an active volcano. Check out the trailer here.

“Untitled Deadpool Sequel” (June 1)

Ryan Reynolds is strapping his spandex back on for the sequel to “Deadpool,” which has added Josh Brolin as the villain Cable and “Atlanta” star Zazie Beetz as Domino.

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” (May 25)

After a lot of headaches in the production that eventually led to Ron Howard taking the directing job, it seems fans won’t mind following the “Star Wars” franchise to the summer and watching Alden Ehrenreich shoot first as the iconic Han Solo.

“Incredibles 2” (June 15)

14 years after Pixar’s “The Incredibles,” this super family is back on the job, with Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) taking more of a front and center role this time around. Check out the teaser here.

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” (Nov. 16)

Part two of five in this prequel series in the Harry Potter universe finds Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) teaming up with a young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) to battle the evil wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). Check out new images from the film here.

“A Wrinkle in Time” (March 9)

Ava DuVernay directs this extravagant fantasy and adventure about a trip through space and time to find a missing scientist. Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Pena and Zach Galifianakis all star. Watch the trailer here.

“X-Men: Dark Phoenix” (Nov. 2)

Fans have been itching for a film adaptation of “The Dark Phoenix Saga” for ages, in which Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) is imbued with incredible powers that transforms her to Dark Phoenix. Jessica Chastain joins the cast of X-Men as the film’s mysterious villain.

“Ocean’s 8” (June 8)

The female-fronted spinoff to “Ocean’s 11” is as cool as can be, with an all-star cast of women leading another high-class caper. Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna, Awkwafina and Mindy Kaling star. Watch the trailer here.

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Johnny Depp’s ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel Return Sparks Angry Twitter Response: ‘Depp’s an Abuser’

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Should the upcoming “Fantastic Beasts” pull an “All the Money in the World” move and remove Johnny Depp from the film? A number of Twitter users seem to think so.

On Thursday, after the title and first look at “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” were released, fans flocked to social media to register their displeasure with Depp’s inclusion in the cast.

Depp is slated to reprise his role as Grindelwald in the film, but detractors on social media suggested that it’s not too late to replace the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star, citing the recent decision to re-shoot Kevin Spacey out of the film “All the Money in the World,” following accusations of sexual misconduct against him.

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“If they can cut & reshoot Kevin Spacey out of an entire film then #FantasticBeasts has no excuse for keeping known abuser Johnny Depp,” one Twitter user wrote.

“recast grindelwald for christ sake 1. depp’s an abuser 2. he doesn’t fit that role AT ALL he looks terrible as grindelwald, i can’t seem to find him credible,” another criticism read.

“It really isn’t too late to replace Johnny Depp, guys,” another Twitter user suggested.

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“If Ridley Scott can fire Kevin Spacey, after filming an entire movie with him and voluntarily reshooting it a month before release, then y’all can do the same thing w Johnny Depp bc you still have a year to go #FantasticBeasts,” another voice in the “Replace Depp” chorus chimed in.

“1- johnny depp has a long history of violent behavior 2- amber heard divorced and accused johnny depp of physically & emotionally abusing her throughout their relationship 3- depp’s ex managers confirmed amber’s accusation on legal docs & said his employees knew it was happening,” went another response to Depp’s return.

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In May 2016, shortly after filing for divorce from Depp, Amber Heard was granted a temporary restraining order against the actor. Heard alleged that Depp came to their Hollywood home on May 21 drunk and high, and proceeded to hit her in the face with his phone.

In a subsequent lawsuit Heard made further allegations of abuse against Depp. The suit, filed against comedian Doug Stanhope, after Stanhope said that Heard was blackmailing Depp in a column published by TheWrap, said that Depp had “hit and kicked Heard on numerous occasions, has thrown objects at her, at one point nearly suffocated her to the point where she feared for her life.”

If they can cut & reshoot Kevin Spacey out of an entire film then #FantasticBeasts has no excuse for keeping known abuser Johnny Depp.

– Erynne Hundley (@Erynne_Hundley) November 16, 2017

recast grindelwald for christ sake
1. depp’s an abuser
2. he doesn’t fit that role AT ALL he looks terrible as grindelwald, i can’t seem to find him credible. colin farrell had done an amazing job, bring him back or cast someone else but just get johnny depp out of this

– calypso (@mafipotter) November 16, 2017

It really isn’t too late to replace Johnny Depp, guys. https://t.co/yE7ltZLI9L

– kateyrich (@kateyrich) November 16, 2017

The Crimes of Grindelwald

Crime #1: Being Johnny Depp pic.twitter.com/02RBE9zpdS

– kaDAMN GIRL (@kadeengriffiths) November 16, 2017

If Ridley Scott can fire Kevin Spacey, after filming an entire movie with him and voluntarily reshooting it a month before release, then y’all can do the same thing w Johnny Depp bc you still have a year to go #FantasticBeasts pic.twitter.com/yaK93VMgc1

– manda is ALL IN (@amxndasantino) November 16, 2017

i get so excited to see newt scamander be adorable again in fantastic beasts 2 but then i remember we’ll see more of johnny depp pic.twitter.com/fAgZSkrB27

– ellie (@hugvvarts) November 16, 2017

The Harry Potter franchise is keeping Johnny Depp AND naming the next movie, “The Crimes of [Johnny Depp’s Character]”? Okay. https://t.co/WAjs0vd4fe

– Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (@Hello_Tailor) November 16, 2017

I legitimately love everything about this. Except the fact that Johnny Depp is still Grindelwald pic.twitter.com/BYLDim0qSp

– #1 REYndeer Stan (@SKYWALKERSWlFT) November 16, 2017

1- johnny depp has a long history of violent behavior
2- amber heard divorced and accused johnny depp of physically & emotionally abusing her throughout their relationship
3- depp’s ex managers confirmed amber’s accusation on legal docs & said his employees knew it was happening https://t.co/Xg0MeRd9vn

– mari is ALL IN (@meraheard) November 16, 2017

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‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ First Cast Photo, Title Revealed

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Warner Bros. has unveiled the first photo and title for the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” sequel: “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.” The second film in the “Harry Potter” prequel franchise will be released on Nov. 16, 2018. David Yates, who directed “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and the final four […]