If Box Office Mojo's predictions are anything to go by, Gringotts' goblins are going to be working overtime this weekend: The first, and hugely anticipated #HarryPotter spin-off, #FantasticBeasts hits theaters today and it's set to bank $90 million by the weekend's close.
Debuting in more than 4,000 theaters nationwide, #EddieRedmayne is set to knock Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange takings into another dimension, swoop into first position with ease, and potentially rake in more dollars in its opening weekend than four of the Harry Potter movies.
Of course, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has a solid Potterhead fanbase to thank for its hype — generations of muggles hungry for a deeper delve into the wizarding community, itching to seek out references to the universe they grew up with.
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The synopsis for Fantastic Beasts is as follows:
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an all-new adventure returning us to the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling. Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) stars in the central role of wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four Harry Potter blockbusters. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident...were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters today, check out the official trailer now:
Are you going to see Fantastic Beasts this weekend?
Source: Box Office Mojo