The spin-off of the Harry Potter film series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, has recorded a fantastic opening weekend at the worldwide box office. After taking the top spot at the US-Canada box office with an estimated $75 million, the film has now topped the box office chart in its opening weekend with $145.5 million from 63 markets worldwide.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, helmed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, has reportedly topped all Harry Potter openings in around 16 international markets, including Korea, Russia, Brazil, the UAE and Indonesia. In the UK, the Harry Potter spin-off recorded the biggest opening weekend of 2016. The film took home a total of $19.15 million (£15.3m) from the UK box office.
Among the international markets, the UK takes a lead with $19.15 million followed by Korea. Fantastic Beasts fetched an estimated $14.2 million from 1,433 screens in Korea. From Germany market, the film grossed $10.2 million and from Russia, the film minted $9.8 million, according to Deadline.
The film also recorded one of the best openings of 2016 for Warner Bros in France. Fantastic Beasts grossed approximately $10.2 million from the box office in France. The Redmayne-starrer debuted at the Australian box office with $7.4 million, while in Italy it minted $6.6 million. The collection at the Brazilian box office was similar to that of Italy. From Brazil, the film minted $6.4 million, making it WB's third biggest bow ever.
The top big markets helped Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them to come on top at the worldwide box office in its opening weekend with an estimated $220.5 million collection.
On the other hand, Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange continues is set to surpass the worldwide box office collection of Iron Man. Doctor Strange has grossed $572.1 million to date, which is close to Iron Man's $585 million mark.
Cumberbatch-starrer has created a magic at the Chinese box office by crossing a century mark. The film minted $100 million making it the sixth Hollywood movie to achieve that status at the Chinese box office.
Meanwhile, look at the top 10 worldwide box office estimates of this weekend (November 18 to November 20), as provided by AFP.
1. Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them - $220.5 million
2. Doctor Strange - $43.7 million
3. Trolls - $28.9 million
4. I Am Not Madame Bovary - $28.1 million
5. Arrival - $18.3 million
6. Hacksaw Ridge - $9.2 million
7. Deepwater Horizon - $8.3 million
8. Almost Christmas - $7.0 million
9. The Accountant - $5.3 million
10. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk - $4.8 million