Fantastic Beasts Conjures a Spell on the Box Office With $75 Million Opening


Mahita Gajanan @mahitagajanan

The Harry Potter spinoff opened to positive reviews

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling’s latest look at Harry Potter’s wizarding world, had a magical weekend at the box office, taking the No. 1 spot and making $75 million.

The Eddie Redmayne-led spinoff of the Harry Potter movies, which takes place in 1920s New York City, opened to less money than the previous Potter films, but received positive reviews.

Coming in second place at the box office was Marvel’s Doctor Strange, which made $17.7 million in its third weekend. The movie, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, has raked in $571 million globally. Fox’s Trolls took the third spot, with $17.5 million and Paramount’s Arrival plunged to fourth with $11.8 million.

Films like Edge of Seventeen and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk suffered at the box office, earning $4.8 million and $930,000, respectively.



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