Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie, the Harry Potter prequel that is also the debut of author J.K. Rowling as a screenwriter has surpassed $ 500 million in worldwide box office receipts in less than two weeks, reports Variety. With data closed last Tuesday, the film accumulates 161 million in the US alone and 344 million in the rest of the world.
Jeff Goldstein, the chairman of the Warner Bros. distribution in United States, told Variety that, “expectancy grew exponentially in the weeks leading up to the premiere of Fantastic Beasts.” And now, “with the film in theaters, we see a powerful word of mouth, and also repeat attendance, which could lead to the film to be in the pipeline beyond the holidays,” Goldstein explains.
Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, president of international distribution, says that the “enthusiastic global response to Fantastic Beasts demonstrates once again that the appeal of the magical world transcends languages and borders.” Vandenberg also confirms the intention to keep the film on display beyond the Christmas holidays, and “well into the New Year.”
The New Series of the Magical Universe
The new series is starred by Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl), who gets into the skin of magician Newt Scamander. The first film of Fantastic Beasts has cost $ 180 million and serves as an introduction to a new saga that, as confirmed by the very J.K. Rowling, will span five films. Fantastic Beasts 2 will begin filming in July 2017 and will hit screens on November 16, 2018.
Scamander is a British magician who arrives in New York City in 1926 with the only company of a mysterious suitcase that actually contains several magical creatures. Colin Farrell, Dan Fogler, Katherine Waterston and Alison Sudol, among others, complete the cast, while veteran of the saga David Yates (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) gets behind the scenes as the director.