Box Office: ‘Fantastic Beasts’ #1 with $75-M, Rivals DOA
$TWX, $DIS, $DWA, $VIA, $FOX, $SNE
Ang Lee’s ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ and the Miles Teller boxing biopic ‘Bleed for This’ and R-rated teen drama ‘The Edge of Seventeen’ were DOA
‘Fantastic Beasts’ debuted to $143.3-M for a $218.3-M global launch.
Warner Bros.’ a unit of Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) Harry Potter spinoff and prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, from a script by Ms. Rowling, topped the weekend domestic box office with $75-M from 4,144 theaters.
Fantastic Beasts bowed to $143.3-M offshore for a global box office debut of $218.3-M.
Fantastic Beasts rated PG-13 earned an A CinemaScore from US audiences.
Disney (NYSE:DIS) and Marvel’s Doctor Strange crossed the $570-M mark globally, and will soon overtake fellow Marvel Cinematic Universe title Iron Man ($585-M).
In North America, Fox (NASDAQ:FOX) and DreamWorks Animation’s (NASDAQ:DWA) Trolls followed with $17.5-M to pass the $100-M mark domestically and finish Sunday with a $116.2-M take in North America and $261.3-M at the worldwide box office.
Paramount, a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) release Arrival placed # 4 with $11.8-M for a domestic box office of $43.4-M.
Universal’s Almost Christmas rounded out the Top 5 with $7-M for a domestic take of $25.4-M.
After Fantastic Beasts, the 3 other new films opening nationwide this weekend came DOA.
The Edge of Seventeen debuted to $4.8-M for a 7th-place finish even though it recieved an A- CinemaScore.
Boxing biopic Bleed for This fared worse with $2.5-M from 1,459 theaters.
Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk earning an estimated $1-M from 1,176 theaters for Sony/TriStar after opening last weekend in New York and Los Angeles.
At the specialty box office
Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, from Focus Features, and Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea, from Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions.
Manchester launched in 4 cinemas in New York and Los Angeles grossing $241,230 for a location average of $60,308, one of the best showings of the year.
Nocturnal Animals opened to $494,000 from 37 locations for a location average of $13,351.
Have some fun, see a movie this week.