Magazine article Screen International

'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' Posts Magical Debut at UK Box Office

Magazine article Screen International

'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' Posts Magical Debut at UK Box Office

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Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them was always going to debut top of the UK box office, it was only a question of how big.

The answer? A resounding confirmed $19.1m (£15.33m) from its 661 sites. That marks the biggest opening of the year to date, topping stablemate Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice's $18.05m (£14.62m) bow from 612 sites.

While Fantastic Beasts opened behind every single Harry Potter outing (except Goblet Of Fire), most benefitted from previews. When considering Fri-Sun tallies, it's a very different story with Fantastic Beasts posting the third-best opening of the franchise to date, ahead of Goblet Of Fire's $18.44m (£14.93m) from 535 sites.

Prisoner Of Azkaban was the lowest-grossing outing of the Harry Potter series with $57m (£46.1m) and, given this start, there's every reason to believe Fantastic Beasts could well top that and potentially become the first (£50m hit of the year. It needs to hold well first though.

Also for Warner Bros, The Accountant fell 55% with a $580,000 (£470,000) third weekend for $5.74m (£4.65m) to date, while Storks has flown to $7.96m (£6.45m) after six weeks in play.


Arrival fell a respectable 42% (excluding previews) as it dropped to second with a non-final $1.86m (£1.49m).

eOne's critically acclaimed sci-fiis now up to $7.19m (£5.76m) after 11 days in play and has surpassed Sicario's $6.14m (£4.98m) result. Another sturdy hold will see it well-placed to become Denis Villeneuve's best-ever UK result, currently Prisoners' $9m (£7.3m).

Also for eOne, The Girl On The Train has now journeyed to $29.1m (£23.38m) following a $236,000 (£189,433) seventh weekend.

I, Daniel Blake and The Light Between Oceans have grossed $3.53m (£2.84m) and $2.07m (£1.66m), respectively.


Trolls has crossed the £20m mark at the UK box office in its fifth week.

Fox's latest Dreamworks Animation offering fell only 32% with a non-final $1.53m (£1.24m) for $25.7m (£20.8m) to date. It's now overtaken Kung Fu Panda and will soon surpass Monsters Vs Aliens' $26.4m (£21.37m) result.

Also for Fox, Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil stand at $15.08m (£12.23m) and $1.76m (£1.43m), respectively.


André Rieu has struck gold again at the UK box office for CinemaLive. …

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