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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald casts a spell over the box office

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Appetite for J.K. Rowling's Potter-verse clearly hasn't dimmed as Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald easily cast its spell over the global box office during the weekend.

The movie continues the adventures of magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), as he prepares to battle dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). The movie introduces a myriad of new faces, including Jude Law as the younger Albus Dumbledore.

Rowling's sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has opened to a stunning $253 million worldwide, including a $62m bow in America.

In addition to being the lowest Potter-related domestic box office opening in the history of the franchise, Grindelwald also opened slightly lower on American shores than its predecessor. (Forbes reports the latter opened with $75m in 2016.)

However, thanks to hefty non-USA totals of $191m (including $38m from its China opening), the movie has already made back its $200m budget and is bound to accelerate over the Thanksgiving and early Christmas periods. Given the film's strong tracking with UK family audiences, it's poised to top the box office on these shores too.

It remains to be seen whether the sequel will rival the first Fantastic Beasts' mightily impressive $814m global total (figures from Box Office Mojo). Stay tuned to the blog for more news.

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