The upcoming “Harry Potter” spin-off sequel “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” arrived on early box-office tracking services today with the movie headed for an opening at somewhere around the $65-75 million mark.
As we’re four weeks out, those projections are expected to only increase. At this point last month, the new “Halloween” was on track for an opening anywhere in the $50-$85 million range, ultimately it opened to $76.2 million.
The first “Fantastic Beasts” scored the lowest three-day domestic opening of the entire ‘Potter’ universe to date with $74.4 million before ultimately going on to make $814 million worldwide. Unlike the first film, the sequel hasn’t been shy about its “Harry Potter” connections – rather it has been banking on them.
The film will open opposite Steve McQueen’s well-reviewed “Widows” and the Mark Wahlberg-led rom-com “Instant Family”, both of which are on track for $10-16 million openings.