Eddie Redmayne in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”; Jaap Buitendijk/Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) — Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Harry Potter spinoff by author J.K. Rowling starring Eddie Redmayne, was tops at the box office with a $75 million opening weekend, albeit the lowest opening for any film in Rowling’s magical franchise. It lands right behind Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which grabbed $77.1 million its opening weekend, according to Box Office Mojo.
Second and third place ended up in a horse race between Disney and Marvel’s Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and Trolls, featuring the voices of Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick, earning an estimated $17.67 million and $17.5 million, respectively.
Rounding out the top five are Arrival, starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, in fourth place with an estimated $11.8 million, followed by Hacksaw Ridge, in fifth with an estimated $6.75 million.
Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:
1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, $75 million
2. Doctor Strange, $17.67 million
3. Trolls, $17.5 million
4. Arrival, $11.8 million
5. Almost Christmas, $7 million
6. Hacksaw Ridge, $6.75 million
7. The Edge of Seventeen, $4.8 million
8. Bleed for This, $2.35 million
9. The Accountant, $2.1 million
10. Shut In, $1.6 million
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