'Fantastic Beasts' plunges deeper into pre-Harry Potter world

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Overall, there was a lot of money earned at this weekend's box office, which is typical for the weekend before Thanksgiving, but it's unlikely that the studios behind any of this weekend's new entries feel particularly thankful about their film's performances.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald12A, 134 mins ★★★.

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Director David Yates and screenwriter J.K. Rowling explore the two wizards' mysterious and powerful connection in Warner Bros.' Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (in theaters Friday). To put it into perspective, the first Fantastic Beasts film earned $74 million opening on the same weekend back in 2016 and there was considerable debate about whether that would be enough to justify a sequel. But while the original Harry Potter saga achieved a magnificent balance between the heart-pounding and thought-provoking, Fantastic Beasts spin-off universe still struggles to find such sure footing. The marquee additions, meanwhile, including a toothy role for Johnny Depp (after what amounted to a fleeting cameo) and the introduction of Jude Law as a younger Albus Dumbledore, which, along with some other familiar names, moves this brand expansion closer to the realm of "Star Wars" prequels. After all, Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) and Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) are sentenced to death for conspiring to help Grindelwald, so why wouldn't Grindelwald himself be treated far worse?

Find out how Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them should have ended below.

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