Even with out Harry, Hermione and Ron, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” solid a spell on audiences around the globe this weekend.
The Warner Bros. movie, a by-product of the vastly widespread J.Ok. Rowling franchise, introduced in an estimated $218 million at field workplaces around the globe this weekend. The take contains $75 million in North America.
The movie’s opening was consistent with trade projections and represents a strong begin for the brand new “Implausible Beasts” franchise, which is slated for five films.
The haul is much more spectacular because the franchise — set on the earth of Harry Potter — would not embody the beloved characters from the sequence. Warner Bros., like CNN, is owned by Time Warner (TWX).
“Implausible Beasts,” which opened in four,144 theaters within the U.S., used the Potter model and good critiques to propel itself to the highest of the weekend field workplace.
The movie stars Eddie Redmayne and Colin Farrell and garnered an “A” CinemaScore and a 76% score on review site Rotten Tomatoes.
One other movie a few magical hero, Disney (DIS) and Marvel’s “Physician Unusual,” got here in second this weekend with $17.7 million. Since opening earlier this month, it has made $571.5 million worldwide. “Physician Unusual” stars Benedict Cumberbatch because the sorcerer.
And extra magical films on the field workplace are on the best way.
Disney’s “Moana,” an animated musical about Polynesian legends and demigods, opens on Wednesday.
CNNMoney (New York) First printed November 20, 2016: 12:30 PM ET