The film, the first in a planned five-part franchise, opened Friday in China with $11.1 million on 11,600 screens, surpassing the opening days for all of the “Harry Potter” movies. In Japan, the film earned $8.2 million over its three-day debut.
The film continues to do well in the United Kingdom, grossing $29 million since its Nov. 18 premiere.
Strong performances from “Moana,” which is topping the Thanksgiving box office thus far, and “Fantastic Beasts” have propelled the domestic box office to more than $10 billion for the year, the fastest it has ever reached that milestone. The previous record was 2013, when the $10 billion mark was hit on Dec. 7.
Directed by “Harry Potter” veteran David Yates from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling herself, “Fantastic Beasts” stars Eddie Redmayne as renowned magizoologist Newt Scamander, who arrives in 1926 New York City amid rising tensions between the Wizarding World and the No-Majs (the American term for Muggles). It’s against that setting that Newt’s mysterious suitcase is opened, unleashing some of the magical creatures stored within.
As of Friday, the film has grossed $356.8 million worldwide.
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