Fan­tas­tic Beasts has UK’s big­gest open­ing week­end of 2016

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Harry Pot­ter spin-off Fan­tas­tic Beasts and Where To Find Them has had the big­gest UK box of­fice open­ing week­end of the year so far.

The film, writ­ten by JK Rowl­ing and star­ring Ed­die Red­mayne as Newt Sca­man­der, took a to­tal of £15.3m.

It is the third high­est open­ing week­end from the JK Rowl­ing se­ries, be­hind the two fi­nal Harry Pot­ter films.

Warner Bros ex­ec­u­tive Josh Berger said: “We are thrilled with the huge re­sponse from Bri­tish and Ir­ish au­di­ences.”

The film also worked its magic at North American cin­e­mas, tak­ing an es­ti­mated $75m (£61m) over the week­end - more than the rest of the US box of­fice top 10 com­bined.

Harry Pot­ter cre­ator Rowl­ing has planned scripts for a to­tal of five films in the se­ries.

The first in­stal­ment is set in New York, and tells the story of a fic­tional au­thor men­tioned in the Pot­ter sto­ries.

Red­mayne plays the part of the an­i­mal-lov­ing ma­g­i­zo­ol­o­gist Newt Sca­man­der, who vis­its New York’s se­cret com­mu­nity of witches and wizards.

The film is set 70 years be­fore Harry Pot­ter reads his book at his school, Hog­warts. It has re­ceived broadly pos­i­tive re­views from crit­ics.

North American box of­fice top five

1 Fan­tas­tic Beasts and Where to Find Them - $75m

2 Doc­tor Strange - $17.7m

3 Trolls - $17.5m

4 Ar­rival - $11.8m

5 Al­most Christ­mas - £7m

The open­ing week­end haul in the US and Canada was lower than for any of the Harry Pot­ter films, how­ever.

Else­where in the box of­fice charts, Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch’s Doc­tor Strange fell to sec­ond with $17.7m, with Trolls third on $17.5m.

Sci-fi movie Ar­rival, star­ring Amy Adams, took fourth spot with $11.8m, while the com­edy Al­most Christ­mas, star­ring Danny Glover and Gabrielle Union, rounded out the top five with $7m.

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