“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
” is on its way to a $63 million debut from 4,163 North American theaters.
The latest Wizarding World installment from Warner Bros.
earned an estimated $25.7 million on Friday from North America with an additional $74.3 million internationally. If estimates hold, the sequel’s debut would come in behind its predecessor, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
,” which opened to $74 million domestically.Eddie Redmayne
returns as Newt Scamander, along with Ezra Miller
, Katherine Waterston
, and Dan Fogel
. Jude Law
, Zoe Kravitz, and Johnny Depp
also star. David Yates
returned to direct from J.K. Rowling
Reviews have been mixed, with the film sitting at an unfortunate 39% on Rotten Tomatoes
and a B+ CinemaScore. That evidently hasn’t deterred moviegoers, however, and recent research found that the controversy surrounding Depp’s casting as Gellert Grindelwald despite his background of alleged domestic violence won’t put off Harry Potter