Fantastic Beasts sequel charms US Audiences

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald apparated at the top of the US Chart in its opening week.

The latest instalment from J K Rowling, starring Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp and Jude Law, debuted with $62.2m, a little lower than the first film, but still successfully blasting Benedict Cumberbatch’s The Grinch into second spot.

Queen bio-pic Bohemian Rhapsody slipped one place to third, while fourth place saw a new entry in the form of comedy drama Instant Family, starring Rose Byrne and Mark Wahlberg, which opened with $14.7m.

Fifth spot was also a new entrant, with Steve McQueen’s adaptation of Linda La Plante’s Widows, starring Viola Davis, opening with $12.3m, sending Disney’s The Nutcracker spinning into sixth.

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga collaboration A Star Is Born was still in tune with audiences, sitting in seventh, having amassed more than $185m domestically.

World War II horror Overlord, crime drama The Girl In The Spider’s Web and Tyler Perry comedy Nobody’s Fool round out the top ten.