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‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ earns $75M, lowest for a ‘Harry Potter’ flick

21 November 2016 Entertainment News

Fourth Estate Staff

Hollywood, CA, United States (4E) – “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” earns the number one spot in the weekend domestic box office but the sales is quite low compared to the other flicks related to the “Harry Potter” franchise.

The news comes after five years since the premiere of “The Deathly Hallows – Part 2” and almost two decades since the release of the first ever “Harry Potter” flick in the eight-part franchise. According to reports, although the $75 million mark is great especially for the stars of the show such as Eddie Redmayne , Colin Farrell, Jon Voight , and Ezra Miller, it does not measure up to the standards of the past “Harry Potter” films considering that “Fantastic Beasts” is a spinoff .

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” had a $180 million budget and on top of the $75 million domestic earnings over the weekend in the United States alone, the movie also earned a total of $143.3 million internationally. That makes the total earning of “Fantastic Beasts” to $218.3 million.

Accordingly, adults comprised the bulk audience for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” possibly being the reason for the low income. Accordingly, 65 percent were made up by people over 25 years of age. 51 percent off the moviegoers also cited that they want to see “Fantastic Beasts” because it has a connection to Harry Potter.

Jeff Goldstein, President of Domestic Distribution at Warner Bros., said in a statement that they are hoping more young people will see “Fantastic Beasts” since next week schools will be letting them out for Thanksgiving.

As for the other flicks out now in cinemas, “Doctor Strange” came it at number 2. “Trolls” is at the third spot, “Arrival” has dipped to number 4 and “Almost Christmas” rounds out the top five.

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