Weekend Box Office: ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Tracks Down $75 Million

Harry Potter Spinoff

Warner Bros’ Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, starring Eddie Redmayne, Dan Fogler, Kathryn Waterston, Alison Sobel, Ezra Miller and Colin Farrell, earned a cool $75 million in its opening weekend domestically.

Overseas, the film grossed $143 million in 63 markets, but it’s clearly a far cry from some of the high points in the Harry Potter series and is shy of Disney and Marvel’s magical blockbuster, Doctor Strange, which opened with $85 million. Fantastic Beasts nabbed an A CinemaScore from U.S. audiences.

Meanwhile, Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, slip into third place in its third week at the box office, adding another $17.6 million.

DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls took third place with $17.5 million to bring its total to $116.2 million.

Another holdover, Paramount’s sci-fi thriller Arrival, starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, placed No. 4 with $11.8 million, down 51% from its opening weekend.

Universal’s ensemble holiday comedy Almost Christmas rounded out the top five, picking up $7 million to push its total domestic gross to $25.4 million.

The other new entries in the Top Ten, Hailee Steinfeld‘s The Edge of Seventeen and Miles Teller‘s Bleed for This fared poorly, even though STX’s R-rated coming-of-age drama got an A- CinemaScore. Kelly Fremon Craig’s directorial debut opened in seventh place with $4.8 million in 1,945 theaters, while Ben Younger’s boxing drama bombed even worse by taking in just $2.3 million in 1,549 theaters.

Check out the Top Ten:

1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — $75 million
2. Doctor Strange — $17.6 million ($181.5 mil.)
3. Trolls — $17.5 million ($116.2 mil.)
4. Arrival — $11.8 million ($43.3 mil.)
5. Almost Christmas — $7 million ($25.4 mil.)
6. Hacksaw Ridge — $6.7 million ($42.8 mil.)
7. The Edge of Seventeen — $4.8 million
8. Bleed For This — $2.3 million
9. The Accountant — $2.1 million ($81.2 mil.)
10. Shut In — $1.6 million ($6 mil.)

Warner Bros’ Harry Potter Spinoff

In limited release, Tom Ford’s noir-ish thriller Nocturnal Animals, also starring Amy Adams with Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Shannon, grossed $493,000 from 37 locations. Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea, starring Casey Affleck as a janitor trying to come to terms with a personal tragedy, pulled in $241,230 from four theaters.

Next weekend will be a huge since Disney’s Moana opens in theaters just in time for Thanksgiving.