Fantastic Beasts opens big at the box office
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Fantastic Beasts opens big at the box office

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Credit: Lia Toby/

Harry Potter fans have given the boy wizard’s creator J.K. Rowling another number one at the box office.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has conjured up a magical $75 million over the weekend (18-20Nov16) to end Doctor Strange’s two week reign at the top.

Benedict Cumberbatch’s Marvel movie slips to two, having hauled in $181.5 million at the domestic box office since its release at the beginning of the month (Nov16).

Fantastic Beasts becomes one of the year’s 10 best openings in North America, but it is the lowest yet for author and screenwriter Rowling’s Harry Potter franchise.

The film, set 70 years before Potter’s birth, stars Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne as a ‘magizoologist’ seeking monsters in 1920s New York City.

It was a big hit internationally over the weekend, bringing in a haul of $143.3 million at the worldwide box office.

Animated movie Trolls picks up $17.5 million in its third weekend to come in third. The family film, featuring the voices of Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick, has now made $116.2 million at the nation’s box office.

Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner’s sci-fi movie Arrival and holiday comedy Almost Christmas round out the new top five.

New releases The Edge of Seventeen, boxing drama Bleed for This, and early Oscars favorite Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, featuring Kristen Stewart and newcomer Joe Alwyn, all failed to set cinemas alight over the weekend and disappointed.

Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn made just $930,000 in its first week on national release.

– Cover Media


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