‘Fantastic Beasts’ Hits $800 Million at Worldwide Box Office

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find
Courtesy of Warner Bros.

The Warner Bros. film “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” has crossed the $800 million milestone at the worldwide box office.

The Harry Potter spinoff has topped $229 million domestically and $570 million internationally, making it the studio’s top international title of 2016. China is the top international market with $85 million, followed by the U.K. with $65 million and Japan with $57 million.

“Fantastic Beasts” was the 11th highest domestic grosser released in 2016. The movie stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander and was written by J.K. Rowling. It cost $180 million to make and will serve as the springboard for a five-film franchise.

The first film follows Scamander as he tries to retrieve magical creatures that have escaped from his valise, and are running wild through 1926 New York City. The cast boasts Colin Farrell, Dan Fogler, Katherine Waterston, and Samantha Morton. David Yates, who directed the last four “Harry Potter” movies, is already on board for the second movie.

Warner Bros. also produced the eight “Potter” movies. The last, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2,” was released six years ago and was the best box office performer with $1.34 billion worldwide, making it the eighth-highest grosser of all time.

Sue Kroll, president of worldwide marketing and distribution, said, “Returning to the wizarding world in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ was a labor of love for all of us, and it has been a privilege to watch audiences around the world embrace a new cast of characters in this world created by the incomparable J.K. Rowling.”

She added, “This is an extraordinary milestone for the first film in our new franchise and speaks to the remarkable talents of the cast and filmmakers who worked so hard to bring it to the screen.”

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  1. Wyrda says:

    Fantastic beasts should have topped of at $920 million had not been for dumb disney movies like plotless moana and Dr strange and the over rated star wars spinoff. Fans of star wars allow themselves to fall for the crash grab plan which is what star wars is. All the dumb independent movies like la la land and Hidden figures and couple of daft films for daft people stole rightful box office of fantastic beasts. Support good films with semi realistic darkness not convoluted mess like star wars.

  2. rohrrimir LLB says:

    Fantastic beasts part 1 real box office figures is $813 Million. Domestic gross [ $234 million] and international gross [579 million] with a 74% rating making it a critical and commercial success.

  3. Mark D says:

    And is this the real global box office or are they padding with merchandise like they did on Batman v Superman?

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