“Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald,” which opened November 16 in US theaters, leads the global box office by a country mile this week. The film, from the “Harry Potter” universe, knocks “Venom” off the top spot and into third place. “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the movie biopic of the Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury, stands firm in second place.
The world of “Harry Potter” has lost none of its magic for moviegoers, it seems, drawing fans of the franchise flocking to theaters, even if this latest story is set before the times of the wizard-in-the-making. The movie, directed by David Yates — also behind four of the “Harry Potter” movies — sits firmly atop of this week’s global box-office ranking, grossing $253.2 million worldwide.
“Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald,” which also tops the North American box office, grossed $37.5 million in China, $16.3 in the UK, $12.8 in Germany and $12.1 million in Russia.
“Bohemian Rhapsody,” starring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, trails far behind in second place. The movie, directed by Bryan Singer, grossed over $61.2 million last week, taking total grosses to some $384.3 million.
Although knocked off number one, Ruben Fleischer’s “Venom” action movie remains in the international box-office top three. Grossing over $56.9 million this week, the antihero movie fronted by Tom Hardy drops to third place on the podium as total grosses edge closer to $800 million.
Global box-office top 10
1. Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald – $253.2M
2. Bohemian Rhapsody – $61.2M
3. Venom – $56.9M
4. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch – $47.6M
5. Widows – $15.1M
6. Instant Family – $14.7M
7. The Nutcracker And The Four Realms – $11.4M
8. A Star Is Born – $9.8M
9. A Cool Fish – $8.3M
10. Burn The Stage: The Movie – $7.6M