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Call it the Hogwarts charm! J.K Rowling does it again. The Harry Potter spinoff, Fantastic Beasts also where to find them grossed over $75 million from 4,144 theaters, in North America alone. This movie would be the first film in the Harry Potter franchise sans the much-beloved boy wizard and that it did not deter loyal Pottermaniacs helping it hit high in the weekend box office.
Overseas, Warner Bros’ Fantastic Beasts bowed to $143.3 million for a global debut of $218.3 million, whereas the film is yet to open in China and Japan. It rained magic in South Korea as the movie made a sturdy $14.3 million, also in Russia a good $9.8 million as the Fantastic Beasts outdid other Harry Potter films, whereas, in the U.K., it earned $18.3 million.
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This was the first time author J.K Rowling debuted as a screenwriter. According to domestic distribution president of Warner Bros. Jeff Goldstein, “The Harry Potter films were all based on Rowling’s books. Here, J.K. taught herself how to write an original screenplay, and she inspired all those many fans around the world and to take this ride with her.”
Rated PG-13, Eddie Redmayne stars as the eccentric Newton Artemis Fido “Newt” Scamander, a magizoologist who travels to New York where several of his creatures escape.
Doctor Strange, the collaboration between Marvel and Disney continued to rise sky high as it crossed the $570 million mark globally, soon overtaking the title from Iron Man ($585 million). Overseas, the film took in another $26 million, now with a foreign total of $390 million and globally of $571.5 million, which includes $103 million in China.
At number 3, Fox and DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls made $17.5 million in North America. The musical has grossed over $262 worldwide.
Paramount’s sci-fi Arrival is at No. 4 with $11.8 million, overseas making a total of $43.4 million. Based on a short story by Ted Chiang, the film garnered positive reviews worldwide.
No surprises, sealing the top 5 is Universal Pictures’ Almost Christmas with $7.3 million.
Biographical war-drama Hacksaw Ridge grossed $6.7 making it number 6.
Much acclaimed Kelly Craig’s debut The Edge of Seventeen also starring Hailee Steinfeld, unfortunately, saw a dismal opening at number 7 with only $4.8 million from 1,945 theaters.
Miles Teller boxing biopic, Bleed for this, stands at number 8, with $2.5 million.
Ben Affleck’s thriller, The Accountant is at number 9 taking home $2.2 million domestically, while grossing over $81 million abroad beating the likes of Fantastic Beasts.
Surprisingly, Ang Lee’s war drama Billy Lynn’s Halftime Walk which also stars Vin Diesel failed to cut the box office mark, making just over $1 million from 1,176 theaters!
And rounding off top 10 is a much-awaited thriller of Naomi Watts, Shut In.