Weekend Actuals: ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Conjures $62.1M; ‘Instant Family’ Warms to $14.5M; ‘Widows’ Steals $12.3M
'Dr. Suess' The Grinch' boasts a strong hold with $38.5M
Monday Update: The new Harry Potter spinoff movie movie Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald might not been quite as “magical” of an opening as some hoped, but still debuted in first place with $62.1M.
The Warner Bros. fantasy started -16.4% behind the $74.4M opening of predecessor installment Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which opened on this same weekend in 2016.
Last weekend’s leader, Universal’s animated Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, dropped -42.9% to take second place. (The film hopes to have legs for the month and a half beyond its opening given the Christmas nature of the plot.)
Paramount’s comedy Instant Family instantly started in fourth place with $14.5M, while Fox’s action drama Widows began in fifth place with $12.3M.
Total box office this weekend was $174.4M.
That’s +4.1% above last weekend but -12.4% below this same weekend last year, when Justice League led for a second frame with $93.8M.
Year-to-date box office stands at $10.32B. That’s +10.6% ahead of this same date last year, down from +10.8% after last weekend.
The audience for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was 57.5% female and 35.0% under age 25.
Demographics of Instant Family and Widows, courtesy of BoxofficeProfile by Vertigo, were not immediately available. With those two caveats:
The most male audience in this weekend’s top 10 was Overlord at 73.6%, while the most female audience was Nobody’s Fool at 66.0%.
The most under-25 audience in this weekend’s top 10 was Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch at 54.4%, while the most over-25 audience was The Girl in the Spider’s Web at 89.3%.
A full demographic breakdown of the top 30 movies this weekend, courtesy of BoxofficeProfile by Vertigo, is included below:
Our full table of weekend actuals is below, followed by our Sunday update featuring fuller analysis.
Monday’s Weekend Actuals (Domestic)
FRI, NOV. 16 – SUN, NOV. 18
|1||Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald||$62,163,104||—||4,163||—||$14,932||$62,163,104||1||Warner Bros.|
|2||Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch||$38,587,130||-43%||4,141||0||$9,318||$126,963,410||2||Universal|
|3||Bohemian Rhapsody||$16,042,965||-49%||3,810||-190||$4,211||$128,228,824||3||20th Century Fox|
|4||Instant Family||$14,504,315||—||3,286||—||$4,414||$14,504,315||1||Paramount Pictures|
|5||Widows||$12,361,307||—||2,803||—||$4,410||$12,361,307||1||20th Century Fox|
|6||The Nutcracker and the Four Realms||$4,772,950||-53%||2,635||-1131||$1,811||$43,965,640||3||Walt Disney Pictures|
|7||A Star is Born||$4,293,663||-47%||2,010||-838||$2,136||$185,784,570||7||Warner Bros.|
|9||The Girl in the Spider’s Web||$2,501,616||-68%||2,929||0||$854||$13,292,139||2||Sony / Columbia|
|11||Venom||$1,976,625||-60%||1,307||-1044||$1,512||$210,077,668||7||Sony / Columbia|
|1||Boy Erased||$1,323,832||75%||409||332||$3,237||$2,675,782||3||Focus Features|
|2||Can You Ever Forgive Me?||$893,180||-38%||555||164||$1,609||$5,071,365||5||Fox Searchlight|
|3||The Hate U Give||$780,051||-62%||593||-515||$1,315||$28,223,244||7||20th Century Fox|
|4||A Private War||$701,589||257%||865||827||$811||$1,068,110||3||Aviron Pictures|
|5||Halloween (2018)||$699,185||-83%||922||-1795||$758||$158,795,325||5||Universal Pictures|
|10||The House With A Clock In Its Walls||$172,855||-44%||195||-86||$886||$68,074,030||9||Universal Pictures|
|11||The Old Man & The Gun||$163,773||-64%||171||-224||$958||$10,614,566||8||Fox Searchlight|
|12||Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween||$142,711||-84%||307||-1212||$465||$46,371,838||6||Sony|
|13||Crazy Rich Asians||$125,095||-45%||188||-34||$665||$173,729,639||14||Warner Bros.|
|14||Hunter Killer||$84,702||-88%||194||-763||$437||$15,649,493||4||Lionsgate / Summit|
|16||A Simple Favor||$33,854||-51%||101||-26||$335||$53,530,025||10||Lionsgate|
|1||Green Book||$320,429||—||25||—||$12,817||$320,429||1||Universal Pictures|
|2||Johnny English Strikes Again||$115,490||-68%||77||-114||$1,500||$4,253,875||4||Universal Pictures|
|4||Maria By Callas||$96,651||-1%||29||3||$3,333||$470,153||3||Sony Pictures Classics|
|6||At Eternity’s Gate||$92,855||—||4||—||$23,214||$92,855||1||CBS Films|
|7||The Front Runner||$75,364||46%||22||18||$3,426||$166,533||2||Sony / Columbia|
|8||A Cool Fish||$71,187||—||15||—||$4,746||$71,187||1||China Lion Film|
|10||Burning||$64,171||-16%||25||-2||$2,567||$300,125||4||Well Go USA Entertainment|
|13||Last Letter||$41,027||-49%||23||5||$1,784||$159,052||2||China Lion Film|
|14||Bad Times At The El Royale||$36,942||-61%||67||-57||$551||$17,777,422||6||20th Century Fox|
|15||Disney’s Christopher Robin||$33,111||-49%||92||-30||$360||$99,172,010||16||Disney|
|16||The Nun||$32,556||-49%||91||-37||$358||$117,433,636||11||Warner Bros.|
|18||El Ángel||$21,977||-6%||11||9||$1,998||$53,999||2||The Orchard|
|19||Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation||$20,830||-42%||56||-25||$372||$167,485,460||21||Sony / Columbia|
|20||Tea With the Dames||$13,969||-62%||23||-16||$607||$804,344||9||IFC Films|
|21||The Wife||$13,583||-55%||25||-10||$543||$7,768,601||14||Sony Pictures Classics|
|22||Alpha||$12,814||-40%||28||-9||$458||$35,851,379||14||Sony / Columbia|
|23||Wings of Desire (2018 re-release)||$11,278||221%||4||3||$2,820||$71,674||5||Janus Films|
|24||What They Had||$10,481||-71%||24||-29||$437||$254,383||5||Bleecker Street|
|25||Studio 54||$8,053||—||8||—||$1,007||$175,465||7||Zeitgeist Films|
|26||The Sisters Brothers||$6,564||-77%||23||-81||$285||$3,101,468||9||Annapurna Pictures|
|27||Chef Flynn||$6,473||-14%||3||2||$2,158||$38,385||2||Kino Lorber Films|
|28||The Happy Prince||$4,859||-75%||13||-60||$374||$445,999||6||Sony Pictures Classics|
|29||Gosnell: The Trial Of America’s Biggest Serial Killer||$4,444||-62%||11||-22||$404||$3,651,059||6||GVN Releasing|
|30||Pick of the Litter||$4,092||80%||5||1||$818||$530,845||12||IFC Films|
|32||Narcissister Organ Player||$2,997||51%||2||1||$1,499||$7,944||2||Film Movement|
|33||Unbroken: Path to Redemption||$2,569||38%||4||0||$642||$6,209,074||10||Pure Flix|
|35||Rampant||$2,293||-85%||2||-7||$1,147||$166,540||4||Well Go USA Entertainment|
|36||Under The Wire||$2,271||—||2||—||$1,136||$2,271||1||Abramorama|
|37||The Fog (2018 Re-Release)||$1,763||25%||3||0||$588||$69,029||4||Rialto Pictures|
|38||Puzzle||$1,568||143%||4||2||$392||$2,031,242||17||Sony Pictures Classics|
|39||Blaze||$1,460||-68%||4||-2||$365||$696,793||14||IFC Films / Sundance Selects|
|42||In Searching||$874||-72%||1||-1||$874||$4,536||2||Indican Pictures|
|43||Horn from the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story||$859||-68%||1||0||$859||$21,093||5||Abramorama|
|44||The Rider||$567||75%||1||0||$567||$2,406,753||32||Sony Pictures Classics|
|45||School of Life||$461||—||1||—||$461||$6,300||11||Distrib Films US|
|46||Here And Now||$449||-94%||2||-49||$225||$13,337||2||AMBI Distribution|
|47||Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco||$432||-38%||1||0||$432||$43,169||10||Film Movement|
|48||Return of the Hero||$417||—||1||—||$417||$7,792||12||Distrib Films US|
|49||Let the Corpses Tan||$205||-76%||1||0||$205||$92,886||12||Kino Lorber|
|51||Weed the People||$90||36%||1||0||$90||$9,199||4||Mangurama|
Sunday Update: On a crowded frame at the pre-Thanksgiving weekend box office, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Instant Family, and Widows all debuted near the lower end of expectations, with the Wizarding World sequel bringing in an estimated $62.2 million in first place. That said, with a long holiday window ahead, all three are expected to enjoy relatively strong legs as we move deeper into the season.
In the top slot, Fantastic Beasts and the Crimes of Grindelwald came in significantly below the $74.4 million opening of its predecessor on the same weekend two years ago, a result that can partially be blamed on considerably less-positive reviews. Indeed, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of just 40%, critics were much less kind to Grindelwald than they were to the first installment, which came in “Fresh” with a score of 74%. With so many options available to audiences this weekend – including a strong sophomore frame for family blockbuster The Grinch – it’s possible that critical derision may have had a significant negative impact on turnout. It’s worth noting that moviegoers weren’t quite as keen on the new Beasts either, as the film finished with a “B+” Cinemascore versus the first entry’s “A” based on exit surveys from opening day audiences.
Nevertheless, Grindelwald benefitted from the enduring popularity of the Harry Potter brand, and with a family-friendly few weeks ahead as children enjoy time off of school, it’s certainly a ripe time of year for a film like this. Looking ahead, the film will certainly have its fair share of competitors vying for the dollars of both older and younger viewers, with films like next weekend’s Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, Mortal Engines (Dec. 14), Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Dec. 14), and Mary Poppins Returns (Dec. 19), and specifically offering stiff competition for the family audience in the weeks ahead. It will be interesting to see how a less well-received Beasts holds up in such a climate.
Coming in with a strong showing in second place is Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, which declined just 44% to $38.2 million in its sophomore frame. That’s an encouraging hold for Universal’s animated retelling of the classic children’s book, which now has a total of $126.5 million after ten days in theaters. Despite a slew of competition in the coming weeks, the film should benefit from its holiday-centric themes as we move closer to Christmas, indicating a run similar to the 2000 live-action Grinch starring Jim Carrey, which grossed nearly five times its opening weekend by the time it left theaters.
Yet another holdover finished the weekend in third place, with the smash hit Bohemian Rhapsody bringing in an estimated $15.7 million in its third weekend. That’s a drop of just under 50% from its gross last weekend, which suggests that word-of-mouth continues reasonably strong for the Freddie Mercury biopic despite increasing competition. The Fox title now has $127.8 million in the bank after 17 days of release, making it the latest music-themed hit after this fall’s phenomenally-successful A Star Is Born.
Fourth place went to newbie Instant Family, which stars Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne as a couple who wade into the world of foster-care adoption. Its $14.7 million opening is a shade lower than many had been predicting for the PG-13 comedy, though it’s still a relatively strong start for a film without a pre-existing fanbase a la last year’s family-oriented smash Wonder. Working in its favor going forward will be the film’s positive Rotten Tomatoes score – it currently sits with an 81% “Fresh” rating – and warm and fuzzy themes that will play well during the holiday season. Notably, the film also boasts an “A” Cinemascore, the highest of any of the weekend’s three new releases, as well as a strong Flixster audience rating of 88%. All of this suggests that the Paramount release – the third collaboration between Wahlberg and his Daddy’s Home 1 and 2 director Sean Anders – may well be looking at a leggy run ahead.
In fifth place, the weekend’s final new wide release Widows brought in an estimated $12.3 million, which is a slightly less-robust opening than many had been predicting. That said, it’s still a reasonably strong debut that was no doubt helped along by strong critical notices (its Rotten Tomatoes score is “Certified Fresh” at 91%) and interest from women over 25, an audience segment who may have gravitated toward the film’s strong ensemble cast including Viola Davis and Michelle Rodriguez and its feminist spin on the traditional heist movie.
By all appearances, the R-rated release directed by Steve McQueen is primed for a leggy run in a corridor traditionally favorable to awards-worthy prestige fare, a category Widows certainly falls into. That said, as was shown by the disappointing performance of the critically-acclaimed Neil Armstrong biopic First Man this fall, it’s certainly possible for a release that seems to tick all the right boxes to fall short, even in a season known for being more hospitable to thoughtful filmmaking. Still, if Widows can keep up some momentum through the Thanksgiving corridor, it should be in for a healthy run long-term.
Sixth place went to Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, which brought in an estimated $4.7 million in its third weekend of release. Despite boasting overt holiday themes and a recognizable cast, the film struggled to catch on and seems to have suffered particularly in the wake of The Grinch’s strong debut last weekend. With $43.9 million after 17 days of release, the film seems destined to fade quickly, particularly with a slew of family-oriented films primed for release in the coming weeks.
In seventh, A Star Is Born continued strong with an estimated $4.3 million in its seventh weekend, bringing the total for the Lady Gaga-Bradley Cooper romance to $185.8 million so far. Eighth place, meanwhile, went to the sophomore frame of WWII horror film Overlord, which fell sharply from its $10.2 million opening last weekend to an estimated $3.8 million and a total of $17.7 million after ten days. Dropping even more precipitously was Girl with the Dragon Tattoo follow-up The Girl in the Spider’s Web, which plummeted 68% to an estimated $2.5 million in its second weekend. The Sony thriller has just $13.2 million after ten days of release.
Rounding out the Top 10 was Tyler Perry comedy Nobody’s Fool, which brought in an estimated $2.2 million in its third weekend of release. The total for the Paramount release now stands at $28.8 million.
Outside the Top 10, Focus Features’ Boy Erased expanded to 409 locations and brought in an estimated $1.3 million, good for a per-screen average of $3,178. The fact-based film about a teenage boy being sent to gay conversion therapy has $2.6 million after three weeks of release.
Elsewhere, the acclaimed Melissa McCarthy dramedy Can You Ever Forgive Me? faltered a bit in its expansion, grossing an estimated $800K from 555 locations. That gives the Fox Searchlight release a per-screen average of $1,586, which suggests audiences outside the core arthouse demo haven’t been quite as receptive to McCarthy’s dramatic turn.
Finally, Aviron’s A Private War made a bold expansion to 865 theaters this weekend after playing in limited release for two weekends. With an estimated $725K and a per-screen average of just $838, the well-reviewed Rosamund Pike drama seems to have reached the limit of its expansion.
Debuting in limited release this weekend was Universal’s civil rights drama Green Book, which took in an estimated $313K from 25 locations, giving it a per-screen average of $12,520. Starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen, the film has been well-received by critics with an 83% “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It will expand wider over Thanksgiving weekend.
Director Julian Schnabel’s Vincent Van Gogh biopic At Eternity’s Gate starring Willem Dafoe got off to a solid start, bringing in an estimated $92K from four screens. That represents a per-screen average of $23K for the CBS Films release.
Sony’s The Front Runner continued its slow rollout this weekend with an estimated $72K on 22 screens, giving it a just-okay per-screen average of $3,272. The Jason Reitman-directed drama, which stars Hugh Jackman as Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart, will expand wider over Thanksgiving weekend.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald debuted with an estimated $191 million in 79 overseas markets, bringing its global debut total to a sizzling $253 million, including $37.5 million in China and $16.3 million in the U.K. You can read a more extensive analysis of the sequel’s international opening here.
Venom retained the No. 1 spot in China over the weekend with an estimated $51.2 million, bringing its total in the country to an incredible $207.1 million. It is now the third-largest superhero release of all time in China after only Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Age of Ultron, which brought in $359.5 million and $240.1 million, respectively. Additionally, it now boasts the strongest second-weekend hold ever in the country for a superhero release.
Bohemian Rhapsody also continued to post fantastic results internationally, with the Fox release bringing in an estimated $45.5 million from 78 markets. That brings the film’s international cume to an astonishing $256.4 million and its global total to $384.2 million. International totals include $45.3 million in the U.K., $24.5 million in South Korea and $18.3 million in France.
Sunday’s Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic)
FRI, NOV. 16 – SUN, NOV. 18
|1||Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald||$62,200,000||—||4,163||—||$14,941||$62,200,000||1||Warner Bros.|
|2||Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch||$38,170,000||-44%||4,141||0||$9,218||$126,546,280||2||Universal|
|3||Bohemian Rhapsody||$15,700,000||-50%||3,810||-190||$4,121||$127,885,859||3||20th Century Fox|
|4||Instant Family||$14,700,000||—||3,286||—||$4,474||$14,700,000||1||Paramount Pictures|
|5||Widows||$12,300,000||—||2,803||—||$4,388||$12,300,000||1||20th Century Fox|
|6||The Nutcracker and the Four Realms||$4,678,000||-54%||2,635||-1131||$1,775||$43,870,690||3||Walt Disney Pictures|
|7||A Star is Born||$4,350,000||-46%||2,010||-838||$2,164||$185,840,907||7||Warner Bros.|
|9||The Girl in the Spider’s Web||$2,500,000||-68%||2,929||0||$854||$13,290,523||2||Sony / Columbia|
|11||Venom||$1,930,000||-61%||1,307||-1044||$1,477||$210,031,043||7||Sony / Columbia|
|1||Boy Erased||$1,280,000||69%||409||332||$3,130||$2,631,950||3||Focus Features|
|2||Can You Ever Forgive Me?||$880,000||-39%||555||164||$1,586||$5,058,185||5||Fox Searchlight|
|3||The Hate U Give||$815,000||-60%||593||-515||$1,374||$28,258,193||7||20th Century Fox|
|4||A Private War||$725,000||269%||865||827||$838||$1,091,521||3||Aviron Pictures|
|5||Halloween (2018)||$715,000||-82%||922||-1795||$775||$158,811,140||5||Universal Pictures|
|7||Free Solo||$491,825||-35%||187||-79||$2,630||$8,960,308||8||National Geographic Entertainment|
|9||The Old Man & The Gun||$160,000||-65%||171||-224||$936||$10,610,793||8||Fox Searchlight|
|10||Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween||$135,000||-85%||307||-1212||$440||$46,364,127||6||Sony|
|12||Hunter Killer||$75,000||-90%||194||-763||$387||$15,639,791||4||Lionsgate / Summit|
|13||A Simple Favor||$30,000||-57%||101||-26||$297||$53,526,171||10||Lionsgate|
|1||Green Book||$313,000||—||25||—||$12,520||$313,000||1||Universal Pictures|
|3||Maria By Callas||$110,507||13%||29||3||$3,811||$484,009||3||Sony Pictures Classics|
|5||At Eternity’s Gate||$92,000||—||4||—||$23,000||$92,000||1||CBS Films|
|6||The Front Runner||$72,000||40%||22||18||$3,273||$163,169||2||Sony / Columbia|
|7||Burning||$65,000||-15%||25||-2||$2,600||$299,639||4||Well Go USA Entertainment|
|8||A Cool Fish||$65,000||—||15||—||$4,333||$65,000||1||China Lion Film|
|11||Last Letter||$37,000||-54%||23||5||$1,609||$155,025||2||China Lion Film|
|12||Disney’s Christopher Robin||$34,000||-48%||92||-30||$370||$99,172,899||16||Disney|
|13||The Wife||$18,103||-40%||25||-10||$724||$7,773,121||14||Sony Pictures Classics|
|14||What They Had||$10,326||-72%||24||-29||$430||$254,228||5||Bleecker Street|