Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has achieved the lowest US box office opening for a Harry Potter movie.
The magical movie, which was released last Friday, took a modest $62 million (£48 million) in its opening weekend, falling short of the $74.4 (£57 million) taken by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in its opening weekend in 2016.
It comes after the Potterverse sequel debuted to mixed reviews and a series of controversies – including the ethnicity of Claudia Kim’s Nagini and the mixed response to Johnny Depp’s involvement as the titular villain.
Despite failing to cast a convincing magic spell over the US box office, the sequel still achieved global success – beating the success of the original in an impressive 43 of the 79 countries where it was released. It secured $191 million globally and achieved its highest success in China where the film took $37.5 million from some 20,000 screens.
In a three-star review, NME described The Crimes of Grindelwald as a “muddled, muggle-baffling addition”.
“Script-wise, it’s clear Rowling needs help. The dialogue is clunky, some jokes fail and characters wave their magic wands (literally and metaphorically) to get in and out of situations. In some places, it feels like chunks of the movie are missing. In others, the scenes drag”, our review stated.
“Luckily, the sheer spectacle is enough to make the bloated run time (134 minutes) tolerable. For the most part, this is a fun and visually arresting blockbuster that will keep fans happy until the next one.”