The Wrap had the first peek into how it should play out and they report that the first Harry Potter spin-off is apparently looking at a $75 million debut.
Yes, this is indeed lower than the opening weekends of all other Harry Potter films, but it is pretty damn close for a spin-off. Some even speculate “Fantastic Beasts” could surpass the Harry Potter movies, depending on how tracking shifts in the following days.
Back in 2007, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” grossed $77.1 million during its opening weekend, while “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” collected $77.8 million two years later.
The biggest Harry Potter debut however was in 2011 when “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” opened to a $169.2 million debut and went on to earn $1.34 billion worldwide. This made Deathly Hallows the eighth highest grossing film of all time (right after 2015’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron”).
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
What‘s so fantastic about Fantastic Beasts is that it was directed by David Yates and that it will actually expand to a 5 movie franchise (it was supposed to be only 3 at first).
The story is set in the well-known Harry Potter universe and it takes place in 1920s New York.
Eddie Redmayne stars as the lead – “a British magizoologist named Newt Scamander who travels across the pond to hunt for magical creatures.”
“Some characters from the “Harry Potter” films will be featured in the new movie,” says The Wrap, “including Albus Dumbledore, Grendel and Gellert Grindelwald — though it’s not yet known whether actors from the past series will be reprising their roles.”
Other famous names include: Colin Farrell, Katherine Waterston, Jon Voight, Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Samantha Morton, Dan Fogler and Alison Sudol.
The movie is scheduled to open in theaters on Nov. 18.