It’s finally here! After two incredibly long years of waiting, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald has finally arrived in theaters, and Potterheads everywhere are celebrating. This film signals our return to Hogwarts, Dumbledore’s past, Newt Scamander and his case full of fantastic beasts, and, of course, Grindelwald himself. While we only got a teaser of him in the first film, he is the lead villain of its sequel. But it was this fact that brought hesitation and scandal to the film.
While fans have been waiting years to see the greatest dark wizard of all time in action, his casting turned many heads, and not in a good way. The eccentric Johnny Depp was cast as the evil wizard just as Hollywood was turning against him. From rumors of unprofessionalism and rage on set, to the accusations from his then wife, Amber Heard, that he was emotionally and physically abusive towards her, many fans wanted Depp out. But J.K. Rowling spoke up about their decision to keep Depp on board, admitting that it was a difficult process, but that she not only stands by the decision, but that she was happy to have Depp on board. Potterheads have always trusted Rowling with every decision in her work, but some thought this might be the exception. Based on last night’s numbers, that may not be the case.
On Thursday night, the film earned a fantastic $9.1 million in its previews, making more than the first film. And the numbers are only supposed to grow. Some in the industry say that the film could make up to $250 million this weekend! We’ll know more on Monday, but from the looks of things, Potterheads are as loyal as they’ve ever been, and they are sticking by Rowling and her work.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald Hits Theaters Today.