It’s only been two weeks since the movie hit theaters, but Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has already crossed the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office.
According to Deadline, Fantastic Beasts has so far grossed $161 million at the North American box office, as well as $344 million overseas for a current global total of $505 million. The trade reckons that the David Yates-directed movie will top out somewhere between $750 million and $775 million worldwide before the end of its theatrical run.
Warner Bros’ Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, had the following to say in a statement:
“We are thrilled by the success of this new adventure, which is also the start of an exciting new franchise for the studio. With Fantastic Beasts, the brilliant JK Rowling has created an immersive story with timeless themes that are resonating with both critics and audiences in every corner of the world. We congratulate her, our director David Yates, the wonderful cast and everyone involved in the film on this milestone.”
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“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” 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.
The film stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Ron Perlman and Jon Voight.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is now playing in theaters.