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'Fantastic Beasts' sequel casts spell over U.S. weekend box office

19 November 2018

"Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" worked its magic at the top of the box office with an opening U.S. domestic take of $62 million for the weekend ending. Dumbledore and Johnny Depp as titular villain Grindelwald, is the sequel to "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."

"The Grinch" drew in $38.2 million, as it started its second week in theaters across the United States."Bohemian Rhapsody" dropped down 49%, with the highly anticipated Queen biopic bringing an estimated $15.7 million to settle for third place. The week's other wide releases, adoption comedy and Mark Wahlberg vehicle "Instant Family" and heist movie awards-tipped "Widows," brought in $14.7 million and 12.3 million to take fourth and fifth places respectively over the pre-Thanksgiving weekend.