This past weekend saw Fantastic Beasts 2 open in theaters with both its Rotten Tomatoes score and box office results made known, both of which were lower than the first movie.
Regarding the Rotten Tomatoes score, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald comes in at only 40%, with 86 Fresh to 128 Rotten and 70% of the audience stating they liked it. The first movie came in with a 74% Rotten Tomatoes score and 79% of the audience stating they liked it.
Its box office results for this weekend were also low with $62.2 million, which was lower than WB’s $65 million estimate; back in 2016, the first movie opened to near $74 million.
Fantastic Beasts 2 also has a current foreign gross of $191,000,000 and a worldwide gross of $253.2 million.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the second of five all new adventures in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.
At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.
In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.
The film features an ensemble cast led by Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, with Jude Law and Johnny Depp. The cast also includes, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Carmen Ejogo, and Poppy Corby-Tuech.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling. The film is produced by David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. The film will be distributed worldwide in 2D and 3D in select theaters and IMAX by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.