“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” may have tracked down some pretty crazy creatures, but it also managed to capture some impressive box office numbers. According to Variety, the film has grossed over $800 million worldwide since its release in November.
The “Harry Potter” spinoff grossed $229 million domestically and $567 million worldwide. The film performed especially well in China, where it grossed $85 million, and the United Kingdom, where it grossed $65 million. The film had a budget of $180 million, making it Warner Bros. Entertainment’s highest grossing film of 2016 internationally.
“Returning to the wizarding world in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ was a labor of love for all of us, and it has been a privilege to watch audiences around the world embrace a new cast of characters in this world created by the incomparable J.K. Rowling,” said Sue Kroll, Warner Bros. Entertainment’s head of worldwide marketing and distribution.
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.
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