In just a few short weeks, Muggles, No-Maj's and the Wizarding community alike will usher in a new era of the #HarryPotter franchise. Based loosely on the fictional 'textbook' of the same name, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them will apparate us to 1926, where something dangerous is wreaking havoc on the streets of New York, threatening to expose the Wizarding World which has been kept hidden — until now.
Starring Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller and written by #JKRowling, the movie is destined for greatness — but while excitement is growing for the release, box office forecasts have calculated that #FantasticBeasts may actually have worst opening box office of all the Harry Potter movies so far.
Early projections have given Fantastic Beasts a cool $75 million on opening weekend — the lowest of all the Harry Potter movies thus far. These projections are based on several factors, including the amount of pre-sale tickets already sold in theatres. Perhaps numbers are low because fans are waiting to hear the first critic and fan reviews before parting with their galleons, especially as Fantastic Beasts will introduce a whole new component to the universe. Unlike its predecessors, Fantastic Beasts — and the story it will tell — remain shrouded in mystery.
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Having said this, Fantastic Beasts isn't falling behind by much. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince each nabbed $77 million on opening weekend, but as you can see from the list below, Fantastic Beasts has a lot of work to do if it wants to reach Deathly Hallows levels of success:
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - $77,108,414 million
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - $77,835,727
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - $88,357,488
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone - $90,294,621
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - $93,687,367
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - $102,685,961
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I - $125,017,372
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II - $169,189,427
As you can see, $75 million is nothing to point a wand at, but #WarnerBros. may have been hoping for a little more loot, considering Fantastic Beasts had a $225 million production budget — around $100 million more than any of the previous Harry Potter films.
But predictions are just that — predictions, and while they are based on several factors (pre-sale, release date, social media hype, etc) we won't really have any idea how the movie performs until Nov. 18, when it's released in theatres. It is also the first movie out of five brand new additions to the story, so the opening weekend for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is just the tip of the iceberg.