Box Office: ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Soars Past Competition With $75 Million Debut
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them soared past the competition this weekend, as Warner Bros. proved that J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter series still have considerable clout at the box office.
The movie debuted to a stellar $75 million, which is a bit lower than the openings of the Harry Potter movies, but pretty much on-track with similar fantasy openings such as The Hobbit series. The debut for Fantastic Beasts was more than enough to bump Doctor Strange out of the top spot, as the movie earned $17.7 million to come in at No. 2 in its third weekend. The movie has now grossed $570 million worldwide.
Meanwhile, Trolls passed the $100 million milestone in North America, although it fell just short of surpassing Doctor Strange, coming in at $17.5 million to land at No. 3. Still, this weekend’s gross put the family film ahead of sci-fi thinker Arrival, which landed at No. 4 with $12.1 million. Rounding out the Top 5 is the holiday comedy Almost Christmas with $7.3 million.
However, while the profits were healthy at the box office this weekend, not all newcomers performed as well as Fantastic Beasts.
The Edge of Seventeen debuted at No. 7 with an underwhelming $4.8 million for a seventh-place finish, while boxing biopic Bleed for This opened with a disappointing $2.4 million. Would-be awards contender Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk fared worst of all, as the Ang Lee film earned only $1 million, marking the $40 million war drama as an outright bomb.
But how did the rest of the Top 10 perform at the weekend box office? Check out the list below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 11/21/2016
1. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them ($75 million)
2. Doctor Strange ($17.7 million)
3. Trolls ($17.5 million)
4. Arrival ($12.1 million)
5. Almost Christmas ($7.3 million)
6. Hacksaw Ridge ($6.7 million)
7. The Edge of Seventeen ($4.8 million)
8. Bleed for This ($2.4 million)
9. The Accountant ($2.2 million)
10. Shut In ($1.6 million)
What, if anything, did you see at the theaters this weekend, and what do you want to see at the movies in the weeks to come? Sound off in the comments!
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