‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ still has that ‘Harry Potter’ magic: No. 1 at the box office

LOS ANGELES – “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” worked its magic at the weekend box office and opened as the top film.

The latest offering from the Harry Potter universe earned $62.2 million in the United States and Canada, according to studio estimates Sunday.

That fell short of the opening of the first film in the series, 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which debuted with $74 million in a similar November release and went on to earn $234 million in North America.

Last week’s top film, “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch,” was second with $38.1 million, bringing its domestic tally to $126 million after two weekends.

Freddie Mercury and Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” is still rocking, taking third place with $15.7 million for a total of $127 million.

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Rounding out the rest of the top five: Mark Wahlberg’s adoption comedy “Instant Family” made its debut in fourth with $14.7 million, while Steve McQueen’s heist film “Widows,” starring Viola Davis, finished fifth with $12.3 million.

Final numbers are expected Monday.

Contributing: Kim Willis

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