The Harry Potter universe came to life again last year with the opening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as we followed the adventures of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). Warner Bros. Pictures announced in a press release today that the Harry Potter spin-off has hit the $800 million mark at the worldwide box office as the studio’s top grossing film internationally for 2016. Sue Kroll, who is the President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution at Warner Bros. Pictures, said this in a statement about the film’s success.
“Returning to the wizarding world in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ was a labor of love for all of us, and it has been a privilege to watch audiences around the world embrace a new cast of characters in this world created by the incomparable J.K. Rowling. This is an extraordinary milestone for the first film in our new franchise and speaks to the remarkable talents of the cast and filmmakers who worked so hard to bring it to the screen. Congratulations to them, as well as to the Warner Bros. marketing and distribution teams on this great success.”
In other news, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them recently earned a total of five BAFTA Award nominations for Outstanding British Film, Best Special Visual Effects, Best Costume Design, Best Sound and Best Production Design.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is an all-new adventure returning us to the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling. Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne stars in the central role of wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters. The film opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.”
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is currently playing in theaters.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures