Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald stole the box-office championship win this weekend, snatched an estimated $62.2 million in North America. (We won’t blame the movie’s notoriously sticky-pawed Niffler, but its presence couldn’t have hurt.) That’s about $13 million less than its predecessor pitchforked into its own monetary barn, but still certainly enough to keep the movie’s gigantic Kelpie in fish food for … well, an hour or two.
But while Grindelwald might’ve underperformed a bit stateside, it sparkled overseas like a supercharged Wouzu: It collected $191 million in 79 markets internationally—more than three times what it earned in North America—bringing Grindelwald’s overall bank to $253 million. Time to crack open an account at Gringott’s, apparently.
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, last week’s tree-topper, might’ve been knocked off its mighty mountain perch, but it still sledded into second place with a $38.2 million weekend. That brings its total Whoville haul to more than $126.5 million. That’ll make its makers’ hearts grow three sizes, methinks.
Bohemian Rhapsody, also a former No. 1 film, slipped to third this week with $15.7 million. That performance kept a couple of newcomers farther down the charts: Instant Family, a very sweet and surprisingly foul comedy starring Mark Wahlberg, notched just a fourth-place finish in its debut with $14.7 million. Widows, a rare Oscar-bait heist flick, closed out the top five with $12.3 million.