“Beasts” Both Underwhelms & Overperforms

Beasts Both Underwhelms And Overperforms

The fantasy sequel “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” topped the global box-office as expected, but the amounts it made have raised eyebrows.

Domestically the film was a disappointment, taking in $62.2 million and coming in under expectations which were hoping it would hit somewhere in the mid-$70 million range like the first film. Additionally, it wasn’t just critics who were unimpressed with the film (40% on Rotten Tomatoes), audiences were as well giving it a B+ CinemaScore – down from the A of the first.

Overseas audiences, however, have embraced the movie. The blockbuster pulled in $191 million outside the U.S. which beat expectations – bringing the global total opening to $253 million – well above the $220 million opening of the first. Domestically, strong repeat business saw “The Grinch” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” take second and third.

All fared better than the other two openers in the U.S. this week – the critically acclaimed “Widows” remake and the less well regarded Mark Wahlberg comedy “Instant Family” which came in fifth with $12.7 million and fourth with $14.7 million respectively. Despite low-mid budgets, both are going to struggle to reach profitability and are already being seen as box-office disappointments.

The same appears to be true for potential awards contender “Green Book” which debuted on 25 screens to a solid but not of note $12,480 screen average – and that’s despite a large marketing push. Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” plummeted to sixth in its second outing with just $4.7 million.

Source: The Playlist