×

‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ Scores International Box Office Three-peat With $40 Million

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” hasn’t been able to conjure up much magic in the States, but that might not matter given its magical showing at the international box office.

The second “Fantastic Beasts” installment dominated overseas for the third weekend straight, generating another $40.2 million from 80 territories. Warner Bros., the studio behind the “Harry Potter” movies, has always considered the prequel series to be more of an international play, and the sequel is proving no exception. “Crimes of Grindelwald” has now crossed $500 million globally, with $385.3 million of that haul coming from foreign territories. “Fantastic Beasts 2” saw an especially strong showing in Japan ($7.4 million), Germany ($4.5 million), and France ($3.5 million).

Another holdover, Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” nabbed second place with $33.7 million from 27 markets. The animated sequel hit a notable milestone, passing $200 million globally in its second week of release. The sequel to “Wreck-It Ralph” opened in the United Kingdom with $5.2 million, as well as Taiwan with $1.4 million and Thailand with $800,000.

Illumination and Universal’s “The Grinch” stole third place and earned $27.1 million from 54 territories. Benedict Cumberbatch’s take on the green grouch who loathes Christmas has picked up a sizable $268 million worldwide, including $64 million from overseas markets. The Dr. Seuss adaptation launched this weekend in Germany ($3.7 million), France ($3.7 million), Australia ($2.9 million), Italy ($2.1 million), and Spain ($2 million).

In fourth, Sony’s “Venom” brought in another $13 million for an overseas tally of $631.7 million. The Marvel antihero adventure continues to perform well in China, generating $12.2 million in its fourth weekend of release in the Middle Kingdom. “Venom” has made $844 million to date.

More to come…

More Film

  • disney d23

    Cruella, Kit Harington and Black Panther's Return: Everything We Learned at D23 Day Two

    Not to be outdone by the avalanche of series orders and casting announcements bolstering the new streaming series Disney Plus, Walt Disney Studios showed off its film wares in a marathon presentation at D23 on Saturday. The Anaheim, Calif. expo brought star power, if perhaps fewer surprises than Friday’s presentation, as fans in princess and [...]

  • Harvey Weinstein, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift'The

    Taylor Swift Downplays Association With Harvey Weinstein

    Taylor Swift’s association with disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was among the topics the singer addressed in a revealing new interview with The Guardian. Weinstein held producer credits for the movies “One Chance” and “The Giver,” both of which featured Swift — in the former, a song, and in the latter, a supporting role. She [...]

  • Breaking Bad Movie

    'Breaking Bad' Movie: Watch the First Teaser for 'El Camino'

    In case you hadn’t heard, Emmy-winning drama “Breaking Bad” is cooking up a movie sequel. On Saturday, after details of Netflix’s project quietly leaked online, the streaming giant issued the first teaser for “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie,” which will be released on October 11. Starring Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman, the “Breaking Bad” [...]

  • Samara Weaving and Adam Brody Big

    'Ready or Not': That Time Samara Weaving Hit Andie MacDowell in the Face

    Samara Weaving didn’t mean to hurt Andie MacDowell, but she did just that while they were rehearsing for their new horror dark comedy “Ready or Not.” “I hit Andie MacDowell in the face by accident,” Weaving says on this week’s episode of “The Big Ticket,” Variety and iHeart’s movie podcast. “It was horrible. It was [...]

  • Aracne

    Chile’s Sanfic, Mexico’s Morbido Fest Pact to Promote Latino Horror (EXCLUSIVE)

    Mexican horror festival Morbido and Chile’s Santiago Intl. Film Festival (Sanfic) have agreed on a long-term collaboration intended to strengthen the genre film industry in Chile and across Latin America. This partnership will see Morbido representatives attend the Sanfic industry section each year to aid in the promotion of horror projects and advise those projects [...]

  • Tom Holland'Spider-Man: Homecoming' film premiere, Arrivals,

    Tom Holland Addresses Spider-Man’s Studio Divorce at D23: ‘I Love You 3000’

    British actor Tom Holland showed face on the main stage at D23 on Saturday, in the thick of an ugly studio battle over the rights to his iconic Marvel character Spider-Man. Headlines have been rolling in for days about the contentious battle for the cinematic future of the hero, after Sony Pictures became unwilling to [...]

  • Soul Movie

    Pixar's 'Soul' Announces Voice Cast: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey to Star

    Disney debuted a first look at upcoming Pixar film “Soul” at the D23 expo in Anaheim, Calif. and announced its star-studded voice cast. “Soul” imagines that every person on earth comes pre-installed with a soul formed and perfected in a cosmic realm. Jamie Foxx will play a middle-school music teacher on earth who dreams of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content