Topping the weekend box office, Warner Brothers Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them delivered an estimated $75 million, matching industry expectations. As it turns out, only 18% of the opening weekend audience was under the age of 18 while 55% was over the age of 35, which suggests previous Harry Potter fans showed up, but the new generation wasn’t quite as inspired. Fantastic Beasts has opened on par with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ($77.1m) and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince ($77.8m) and they went on for a domestic run of $292m and $301m respectively. Fantastic Beasts then should have a domestic run of about $270m-$280m and go on for about nearly $900m worldwide.
Getting back to the domestic side of things, as expected, second and third position are currently something of a toss-up with Disney and Marvel’s Doctor Strange currently holding the edge with an estimated weekend of $17.67 million, a 59% drop compared to last weekend. Just behind Strange is Fox’s Trolls with an estimated $17.5 million weekend, a 50% drop.
Fourth place on the domestic chart belongs to Paramount’s Arrival with an estimated $11.8 million, a 51% second weekend drop as its domestic cume now stands at $43.3 million. The film did add $3.5 million from 22 international markets where Sony is handling the release, but we are still waiting on numbers from the rest of its territories before updating its overall international total.
|TW||LW||Title (click to view)||Studio||Weekend Gross||% Change||Theater Count /Change||Average||Total Gross||Budget*||Week #|
|1||N||Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them||WB||$75,000,000||–||4,144||–||$18,098||$75,000,000||$180||1|
|7||N||The Edge of Seventeen||STX||$4,825,000||–||1,945||–||$2,481||$4,825,000||$9||1|
|8||N||Bleed for This||ORF||$2,357,946||–||1,549||–||$1,522||$2,357,946||$6||1|