The much awaited film, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, written by Harry Potter series author J. K. Rowling, wowed at the US box office over its opening weekend, as it managed to lure in an estimated $75million (£61million).
This impressive debut saw it take the top spot at the US box office, followed by Marvel’s late October offering, Doctor Strange, at $17.7million (£14.3million) and Dreamworks’ Trolls which came in at third with $17.5million (£14.1million).
In addition, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them earned more than all of the other films on the current US Box Office Top 10 combined over the weekend. The opening weekend wasn’t as spellbinding as some expected, however, considering it is the first film set within the Harry Potter universe to be released in over 5 years. The most recent film prior to Fantastic Beasts, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, accumulated a staggering $169million in its opening weekend, making it one of the highest opening weekends on record.
Fantastic Beasts, directed by David Yates and starring the collective talents of Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston, and Dan Fogler, sees magizoologist, Newt Scamander, visiting the 1920’s New York wizarding community with his case of fantastic beasts. This offers audiences their first look at the international magical community that was previously unexplored in the original Harry Potter films.
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them was released in the UK on November 18th, 2016. You can watch the trailer below.