The moment the final Harry Potter movie hit theaters you could practically hear the execs at Warner Brothers scrambling to figure out how to drill even more money out of Rowling's magical world. With no more books to make into movies, they turned to the books within the books for inspiration.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them debuted large at number one with $75 million. That's lower than any opening for the original eight Harry Potter flicks (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix being the lowest at $77 million). It will have to push hard to also avoid being a lower domestic grossing film as well. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban banked the least with $249 million.
Doctor Strange slipped almost 60% in its third weekend, adding $17 million to its $181 million. Trolls pushed into triple digits, taking third place with $17 million and ending the weekend with $116 million.
Two other new releases floundered on opening weekend. Despite critical acclaim, Woody Harrelson's new comedy The Edge of Seventeen took in just $4 million for a seventh place debut. Aaron Eckhart's feel good sports drama Bleed For This came in eighth with only $2 million.
For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below:
|1.||Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them *||$75,000,000||Total: $75,000,000||
|2.||Doctor Strange||$17,676,000||Total: $181,542,877||
|5.||Almost Christmas||$7,040,000||Total: $25,420,740||
|6.||Hacksaw Ridge||$6,750,000||Total: $42,854,292||
|7.||The Edge of Seventeen *||$4,825,000||Total: $4,825,000||
|8.||Bleed For This *||$2,357,946||Total: $2,357,946||
|9.||The Accountant||$2,115,000||Total: $81,252,018||
|10.||Shut In||$1,600,000||Total: $6,036,645||