Nov 2, 2018; West Hollywood, CA, USA; Portrait of Eddie Redmayne who picks up his wand again in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald.

Dan MacMedan-USA TODAY

Weekend Box Office Report: 'Fantastic Beasts' earns $62M its first weekend

November 19, 2018 - 5:00 am

By Bill Wine

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — "Fantastic Beasts" had a fantastic opening weekend.   

The second "Harry Potter" spinoff, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald," finished first at the box office on its first weekend of release, earning an estimated $62 million.
 
Last weekend's leader, "Dr. Seuss' The Grinch," dropped to second place but still took in $38 million.

The holdover "Bohemian Rhapsody" was third with $16 million.

And the weekend's two new titles rounded out the top five. 

Fourth was "Instant Family" starring Mark Wahlberg, with $15 million, while fifth was "Widows" with Viola Davis.  

It earned 12 million.

Overall, industry-wide totals were equivalent to those of last weekend, but well below those of a year ago.