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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits the magic no. 1 spot

The newest instalment of Warner Bros’ Harry Potter spinoff film series Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opened to a domestic box office taking of $62.2 million in the US over the weekend.

It fell short of the $74.4 million opening for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them two years ago, however conjured up a princely $253.2 million at the global box office, placing it at number one.

Internationally, the $200 million film roared to $191 million from 79 markets, slightly ahead of the first Beasts movie. China led this with $47.5 million, although Sony’s Venom stayed in pole position with $51.2 million for a ten day total of $207.1 million and a worldwide tally of $780.5 million.

Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald sees Eddie Redmayne return in the role of Newt Scamander, who is recruited by a young Albus Dumbledore to take down Grindelwald. The cast stars Katherine Waterson, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Callum Turner and Claudia Kim.

“With a big holiday weekend coming up, we have a real opportunity,” said Warner Bros president of domestic distribution, Jeff Goldstein.

Warner Bros has planned a series of five films in the Fantastic Beasts franchise.

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