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‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sees Powerful Chinese Opening Day

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find
Courtesy of Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. reports that early results show that “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” has grossed a strong $11.2 million on opening day in China. The Harry Potter follow-up grabbed 64% of the box office of the top five movies and quintupled the takings of Disney’s “Moana.”

Local box office tracking service EntGroup reported the figure as $10.01 million, or $10.4 million including previews. CBO reported the figures as RMB72.6 million or $10.5 million, and RMB75.1 million or $10.9 million including previews.

“Fantastic Beasts” remains the No. 1 film internationally in its second week, with a total $170.7 million so far. The fantasy is expected to cross $200 million overseas by Saturday. In the U.K., the Eddie Redmayne starrer is up to $23.1 million, followed by Korea at $16.3 million and Germany, Russia and France all topping $11 million.

Japan, a strong market for anything Potter-related, also opened on Wednesday, but grosses have not yet been reported. In the U.S., the J.K. Rowling adaptation has topped $110 million for its first seven days and should finish the weekend at around $155 million.

The “Fantastic Beasts” number should help propel it to a meaty box office in China, but it’s far from a record. “Jason Bourne” saw a $12.3 million opening day over the summer, while local blockbuster “Warcraft” opened to a whopping $45.8 million in just one day.