‘Fan­tas­tic Beasts’ sum­mons $74.4m

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT -

KICK­ING OFF a five film fran­chise spun off from the Harry Pot­ter uni­verse, Fan­tas­tic Beasts and Where to Find Them de­buted to a healthy $74.4 mil­lion this week­end. The $180 mil­lion pro­duc­tion ben­e­fited from lin­ger­ing Harry Pot­ter good­will, but failed to reach the heights of those films in its first week­end.

The J.K Rowl­ing cre­ation un­seated Doc­tor Strange from its two-week run at No. 1. Strange still man­aged to pull in $17.8 mil­lion, bring­ing its do­mes­tic to­tal to $181.6 mil­lion.

The strength of the top five films, in­clud­ing holdovers Trolls, Ar­rival and Al­most Christ­mas left little room for the other new open­ers, like the R-rated high school dram­edy The Edge of Seven­teen, which de­buted out­side of the top 10 with $4.8 mil­lion and the fact-based box­ing drama Bleed for This, which took in $2.4 mil­lion.

Mean­while, Ang Lee’s tech­no­log­i­cally am­bi­tious wartime drama Billy Lynn’s Long Half­time Walk bombed in its ex­pan­sion, earn­ing only $901,062 from 1,176 lo­ca­tions for an abysmal $766 per screen av­er­age.

Be­low are the top 10 movies at US, and Cana­dian the­aters from Friday through Sun­day, fol­lowed by dis­tri­bu­tion stu­dio, gross, num­ber of the­ater lo­ca­tions, av­er­age re­ceipts per lo­ca­tion, to­tal gross and num­ber of weeks in re­lease, as com­piled Mon­day by comS­core.

CON­TRIB­UTED

Newt Sca­man­der’s (Eddie Red­mayne) New York stopover turns up­side down in ‘Fan­tas­tic Beasts and Where to Find Them’.

Colin Far­rell plays Per­ci­val Graves and Eddie Red­mayne is Newt Sca­man­der in 'Fan­tas­tic Beasts and Where to Find Them.'

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