Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them had a strong first weekend at the domestic box office, debuting in first place with $75 million. In other territories, Fantastic Beasts earned $143 million, reports Deadline. Both have received excellent reviews from critics as they hope that will lead to increases in box office performance.

Animated movie Trolls picks up $17.5 million (£14.2 million) in its third weekend to come in third.

Just a fifth of the opening weekend audience was under 18, while more than half were aged over 35, according to industry monitor Box Office Mojo.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sees Eddie Redmayne as the young wizard Newt Scamander in 1920s NY, who accidentally releases magical creatures into the muggle world.

"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" brought in $90 million domestically in its debut, and that was 15 years ago.

Oscar-winning British actor Eddie Redmayne has recently been to Beijing, promoting Harry Potter spin-off the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. The superhero movie, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton, recorded a $17.6 million weekend gross and is at $181.5 million of total gross.

Rowling penned the script for the prequel movie, which is set around 70 years before the Harry Potter saga begins. Would-be awards contender Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk fared worst of all, as the Ang Lee film earned only $1 million, marking the $40 million war drama as an outright bomb.

Meanwhile, newcomers like "The Edge of Seventeen" and "Bleed for This" fail to take decent spots.

Here are some of the things you might have missed for you to pay attention to the next time you go see Fantastic Beasts.


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