In North America, Fantastic Beasts 2 won't match the $74.4 million debut of Fantastic Beasts. The first film fared better with critics and earned an A CinemaScore from audiences.
Directed by David Yates, the follow-up sparked controversy when Johnny Depp was cast as the villain Gellert Grindelwald.
Crimes of Grindelwald sees Eddie Redmayne return in the role of Newt Scamander, who is recruited by a young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) to take down Grindelwald. The ensemble cast features Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Callum Turner and Claudia Kim.
Holdovers The Grinch and Bohemian Rhapsody are likely to claim second and third place with an estimated $39 million and $15.7 million, respectively.
New nationwide offerings Instant Family and Widows will follow with a projected $13 million plus and $12 million after earning $4.5 million and $4.2 million, respectively, on Friday.
From Paramount, Instant Family reunites Mark Wahlberg with his Daddy's Home and Daddy's Home 2 director, Sean Anders. Rose Byrne stars opposite Wahlberg in the tale of a married couple who take in three foster kids. The film earned a stellar A CinemaScore.
Widows, directed by Steve McQueen, is a female-fronted heist pic starring Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo as a cadre of women who plot to rob a crime boss after their husbands are killed. It earned a B CinemaScore, which could prove problematic when it comes to word of mouth.
Fox, New Regency and See-Saw Films partnered in bringing Widows to the big screen.
Widows has awards ambitions, as does Green Book, which launches this weekend in 25 theaters in select markets. From DreamWorks, Participant and Universal, the comedy-drama stars Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen as a classical pianist and an Italian-American driver, respectively, who embark on a road trip through the American South in the racially divided 1960s.
Elsewhere at the specialty box office, CBS Films' At Eternity's Gate, from acclaimed director Julian Schnabel and starring Willem Dafoe as Vincent van Gogh, will open in four cinemas in New York City and Los Angeles after premiering at the 2018 Venice Film Festival, where Dafoe was awarded the Coppa Volpi for best actor.
This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.