Box Office Wrap Up: Fantastic Beasts 2 Leads Pack.
The Crimes of Grindelwald tops the box office, but is it a fantastic beast in comparison?
J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World rakes in yet another first place opening, but diminishing returns may be starting to set in. November sees another healthy week of sales, perhaps hinting that another record is about to be broken in 2018. The week hid some sour news as the new arrivals fell below expectations, but strong returns from previous releases has the box office in a good place.
This Week in Box Office History.
The box office grew 3% from last week, though it shrank 13% compared to last year. 172 million dollars in sales helped to boost November 2018’s total earnings to 603 million dollars with two more weeks and four new wide release films still to come. Currently, 2018 is just shy of the record holder: 2012. That year posted 670 million dollars by this point, led by James Bond‘s Skyfall. 2018 outpaces the second and third place years (2013, 2017) by a hefty margin however. If Creed 2 and Wreck it Ralph 2 can meet expectations, we’re in for a race. The magic number is 1.09 billion in ticket sales.
Top Film Last Year: Justice League.
Top Film Last Decade: Quantum of Solace.
Top Three Films.
Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald took in 62 million dollars in sales for its debut. While good enough for first place, it lagged below the 65 million dollar projections set by Warner Brothers and the 74 million dollars taken in by the first film. It is also the smallest debut for a film based on J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. Critical response has been mostly negative and audiences failed to give the film high marks as well. Solace arrives in the form of an electric foreign market where the film has already taken in nearly 200 million dollars.
Second place saw Illumination’s The Grinch bumped down a spot in its second week. The film held well, shedding just 42% in ticket sales and wracking up over 126 million in total domestic sales. The green grouch has yet to catch on with overseas audiences, taking in just 25 million abroad.
Third place went to another returning film: Bohemian Rhapsody. The Queen biopic held the high note for yet another week, adding 16 million to its 128 million dollar US earnings. The film hasn’t slowed down internationally, sitting at just under 400 million in total sales.
The other two wide releases unperformed expectations and fell outside the top three. In fourth, Instant Family notched 14 million in sales. That’s not bad for a family comedy, but well shy of Mark Wahlberg’s last comedies, the Daddy’s Home series which both took in around 30 million at launch. The film wasn’t cheap to make, either, with a budget of 48 million.
Fifth Place went to Widows. The star packed heist film set critics ablaze but notched just a B from film goers. It took in 12 million dollars against a 42 million dollar budget.
In good news, a limited release new film snagged a spot on the top ten. Burn the Stage: The Movie took in over two million dollars from 600 theaters, good enough for 10th place.
Top Ten Films.
2. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (38.5)
3. Bohemian Rhapsody (16.0)
4. Instant Family (14.5)
5. Widows (12.3)
6. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (4.7)
7. A Star is Born (4.2)
8. Overlord (3.7)
9. The Girl in the Spider’s Web (2.5)
10. Burn the Stage: The Movie (2.4)