Box Office: ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Casts Its Spell With $75 Million


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has cast its spell at the box office, grossing $75 million domestically its opening weekend. Internationally, the film has grossed $143.3 million, bringing the total gross number to $218 million globally. The first of a five-movie franchise, Fantastic Beasts is a spin-off of the Harry Potter franchise and the first film script to be written by author J.K. Rowling.

Warner Bros. is returning to form with this film and the expectations for it to deliver critically and financially were very high. The studio spent $180 million in order to make the movie and it’s looking like the film will more than make up the money. David Yates, who directed the final four Harry Potter movies, is set to helm all five films, which will span several decades and include Gellert Grindelwald (played by Johnny Depp) as the franchise’s primary antagonist.

In second place, Doctor Strange finishes its third week at the box office with $17.7 million. In third place comes Trolls with $17.5 million, while Arrival, the sci-fi film starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, grossed another 11.8 million. Rounding out the top five is Almost Christmas with $7 million.

But while many were either watching Fantastic Beasts or Doctor Strange, other films kind of got neglected. Smaller films like Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and the Miles Teller drama Bleed for This didn’t fare very well, taking in only $1 million and $2.5 million, respectively. The teen dramedy, The Edge of Seventeen was estimated to make at least $10 million, but only grossed $4.8 million. Finally, in limited release, Manchester by the Sea debuted with $241,230 and will open in more theaters next week.

What did you see this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Variety

Mae Abdulbaki

Mae Abdulbaki

Mae Abdulbaki is an entertainment journalist and Weekend Editor at Heroic Hollywood. She's a geek, a lover of words, superheroes, and all things entertainment.

  • bingeit 45

    it’s sad that people don’t go to non-blockbuster movies these days , watched The Edge of Seventeen and it was beautiful film, i’m yet to see all oscar movies but i’m sure it will be in my top 10 movies of the year

    • Carl

      Well Edge of 17 had a $9 million budget and made more than half that opening weekend so that’s actually good. You can’t expect people to go see a movie that they know nothing about. The marketing was almost non existent. I plan to see it this week.

      I don’t think there has been many great films this year. The best for me were Civil War, Dr. Strange, The Nice Guys and Arrival. I’d bet that Arrival and Loving will get Oscar nods.


    Well look at that, FB is well on its way, and DS is tied with Trolls (of all things) for 2nd place.

    You’re welcome.

    • Rob

      LOL! Please comment how this monster hit (Fantastic Beasts) did $10 million less its opening weekend than the huge bust Doctor Strange. You have been touting how Fantastic Beasts would do so much better Doctor Strange for weeks.

      Here’s a little fun fact for you. Doctor Strange is the biggest monster hit of the fall movie season… At least until Rogue One comes out.

      BTW, Doctor Strange has grossed $571 million in three weeks. It is destined for a solid $650-700 million worldwide run.