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