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.
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