Warner Bros. brought their Harry Potter universe back to theaters this weekend with their first spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which was expected to dominate at the box office. This big screen adventure, which is set decades before Harry Potter stepped foot in Hogwarts, had no trouble taking the top spot, bringing in an impressive $75 million in its opening weekend. This magical adventure also scored big in international markets with $143.3 million, for a worldwide total of $218.3 million, from a whopping $180 million budget.
Box Office Mojo reports that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them earned an impressive $18,098 from 4,144 theaters in its opening weekend. That massive roll out is more than twice as much as the other newcomers that hit theaters this weekend, Open Road Films' Bleed For This (1,549 theaters) and STX Entertainment's The Edge of Seventeen (1,945 theaters), neither of which managed to crack the top 5. While Fantastic Beasts had no trouble taking the top spot this weekend, it marks the worst opening weekend in franchise history.
Before Fantastic Beasts hit theaters, the lowest opening weekend in Harry Potter franchise history was $77.1 million earned by Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in 2007. With the recent news that this new franchise will now span five Fantastic Beasts movies, it's certainly possible that future sequels will open even bigger. After two weeks at the top, Doctor Strange dropped into second place this weekend with $17.6 million. The top 5 is rounded out by holdovers Trolls ($17.5 million), Arrival ($11.8 million) and Almost Christmas ($7 million).
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.
Bleed For This is the incredible true story of one of the most inspiring and unlikely comebacks in sports history. Miles Teller (Whiplash, Divergent) stars as Vinny "The Pazmanian Devil" Pazienza, a local Providence boxer who shot to stardom after winning two world title fights. After a near-fatal car accident leaves Vinny with a severed spine, he is told he may never walk again. Against all odds and doctor's orders, renowned trainer Kevin Rooney (Aaron Eckhart) agrees to help Vinny return to the ring just a year after the accident for what could be the last fight of his life.
Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson) in The Edge of Seventeen. All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever, until the unexpected friendship of a thoughtful boy (Hayden Szeto) gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all. The supporting cast includes Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick, Nesta Cooper and Christian Michael Cooper.
The top 10 will be rounded out by Hacksaw Ridge ($6.7 million), The Edge of Seventeen ($4.8 million), Bleed for This ($2.3 million), The Accountant ($2.1 million), Shut In ($1.6 million). Also opening in limited release was Focus Features' thriller Nocturnal Animals, earning $494,000 from 37 theaters for a solid $13,351 per-screen average. Roadside Attractions' drama Manchester by the Sea pulled in a whopping $241,230 from four theaters for an impressive $60,308 per-screen average. Well Go USA's dramatic comedy I Am Not Madame Bovary earned $202,500 from 38 theaters for $5,329 per-screen average. Cleopatra Films' dramatic comedy A Street Cat Named Bob took in $35,070 from 25 theaters for a $1,403 per-screen average, while High Top Releasing's action movie The Take earned $39,000 from 100 theaters for a dismal $390 per-screen average. No box office data was given for Magnolia's horror-thriller The Eyes of My Mother or Magnolia's action movie Officer Downe. Another interesting development in theaters was the failure of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, after an amazing limited-release opening last week.
Sony's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk opened in an impressive fashion last weekend, earning $114,129 from two theaters for an amazing $57,065 per-screen average. Director Ang Lee's drama expanded to 1,176 theaters this weekend, but it failed to put up the same impressive numbers, earning $930,000, for a paltry per-screen average of $791. It remains unclear if Sony will expand Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk even further after this disappointing nationwide expansion.
Looking ahead to next weekend, four new films arrive in wide release, ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. Opening on Wednesday, November 23 is Disney's Moana, Paramount's Allied, Broad Green Pictures' Bad Santa 2 and 20th Century Fox's Rules Don't Apply. On Friday, November 25, a number of films arrive in limited release, such as Oscilloscope Pictures' Always Shine, IFC's Evolution, Independent's Kill Command, The Weinstein Company's Lion, EuropaCorp's Miss Sloane and Strand's documentary Mifune: The Last Samurai. Take a look at the projected top 10 for the weekend of November 18, and check back on Sunday for the box office estimates.
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