CALIFORNIA, U.S. - While delivering an underwhelming performance domestically, the sequel of the movie that left Harry Potter fans thrilled two years back, left fans across international markets mesmerized.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald recorded an average performance on the domestic box office after opening across the country over the weekend, generating a decent $62 million from 4,163 locations.
However, with its international opening across 79 overseas markets, the Warner Bros' spinoff sequel raked in $253 million globally
Grindelwald's crimes managed to cast a $191 million spell at the international box office over the weekend, and its global launch surpassed the start recorded by Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Themby 2 percent.
The firstFantastic Beastsfilm made$145.5 million overseas in 2016 and $219.9 million globally.
The sequel directed by David Yates and scripted by J.K. Rowling, which opened on November 16 performed better than its predecessor in 43 individual markets - opening bigger than the first movie which introduced audiences to Newt Scamander and his world of Fantastic Beasts.
Grindelwald also managed to set a series of offshore milestones, setting record openings for the entire Wizarding World in 18 markets globally.
The movie's success across the world is seen to be spreading rapidly due to word of mouth by core fans of Harry Potter's wizarding world.
So far, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald is already 9 percent ahead of the first movie in the EMEA region and has become the second biggest opening in 2018.
However, in the U.K., the movie has dipped by 17 percent in comparison to the first movie, making $16.3 million.
According to Box Office Pro, the movie made $37.5 million in China, $12.8 million in Germany, $12.1 million in Russia, $11.8 million in South Korea, and $11.7 million in France.