A Sort of Fantastic Debut for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”


It was a fairly magical weekend at the box office, though perhaps not up to wizarding standards. Here’s what went down:


This weekend’s number one was, unsurprisingly, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the beginning of a brand new series set in the Harry Potter world. The movie had a lot going for it, including franchise director David Yates and an original screenplay written by JK Rowling. However, perhaps the lack of recognizable characters may have been one of the reasons that the film could only muster up $76 million in its debut. While that number would be outstanding for so many films, considering the billion dollar numbers the Harry Potter movies have accumulated, the studio expected more (and to be honest, so did I). It will certainly be interesting to see how the film holds up over the coming weeks, since there are five films set to be released in this new franchise.

As for the rest of the top five, Trolls was in second place with $16.9 million, while Marvel’s Doctor Strange was right behind it in third place with $16.7 million – those films could switch spots when the actual are released later this week. Arrival was in fourth place with $11.2 million, while Almost Christmas rounded out the top five with $6.6 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – $120 million
2) Trolls – $22 million
3) Doctor Strange – $21 million
4) Arrival – $16 million
5) The Edge of Seventeen – $14.5 million

And here’s how the weekend is estimated to turn out:

1) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – $76 million
2) Trolls – $16.9 million
3) Doctor Strange – $16.7 million
4) Arrival – $11.2 million
5) Almost Christmas – $6.6 million

Next weekend sees the release of Bad Santa 2. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!


About Andy Burns

Andy Burns is the Interactive Content Editor for SiriusXM Canada, and has been the Editor-In-Chief of the pop culture website Biff Bam Pop! since its inception in 2008. He is also a Staff Writer for Rue Morgue Magazine. Andy's book, Wrapped In Plastic: Twin Peaks, was published in 2015 by ECW Press. His next book, on Stephen King's The Stand, will be published by Cemetery Dance in 2018.

Posted on November 20, 2016, in Andy Burns/Andy B, box office predictions, General, movies and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Expecting the Beasties Fantastique to perform like the HP franchise may have been a little optimistic, given that HP was already huge before it was transmorgified into celluloid. Perhaps it will find its sea legs as it goes along.

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