‘Fantastic Beasts’ works its magic at the UK box office


Since it was announced they would be doing a ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them‘ film, I’m pretty sure it’s been the most anticipated release of the year. After it’s release on Friday, the UK box office have revealed exactly how much money it’s taken over the opening weekend. Ranked as the biggest opening film of the year, it’s hardly surprising after the hype it’s had.

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Prior to its release, the box office record for 2016 had been held by DC’s ‘Batman Vs Superman’ which took £14.6 million ($18.5). Fantastic Beasts has taken £15.3 million ($19.1 million).

Now listed as the highest opening weekend from the JK Rowling series, it follows after the two final Harry Potter films in the series. Not only has it been a roaring success in the UK, Fantastic Beasts has also taken North America by storm, taking an estimated £61 million ($75 million) at the box office over the weekend. Despite this, it doesn’t look as though the US and Canada were so keen which I’m surprised at.  It’s been reported that it had ranked lower than any of the Harry Potter films. Perhaps they’re like me and they’re waiting for cinemas to calm down a bit before going to see it.

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JK Rowling has reportedly said that she has planned for a total of 5 films in the Fantastic Beasts series, so Potterheads will have even more to look forward to. Starring the Oscar-winning Eddie Redmayne, I’m sure the film will continue to smash box office records. Let’s be honest, it would be a bit gutting had it not made a staggering profit. After all, it’s been a pretty expensive production. Warner Bros reportedly spent $180 million to produce it and tens of millions to market it.

I’m really looking forward to seeing it in the cinema, I just want next week to hurry up already. Staying away from spoilers is killing me.

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