Magic and wonderment have officially taken-hold of the box-office this weekend, with Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” opening at $75M domestically. Joining the box-office results this week are the drama “Bleed for This,” the YA coming-of-age tale “The Edge of Seventeen,” the film-festival darlings “Manchester by the Sea,” and “Nocturnal Animals,” and “The Take”. While the box-office may be packed with new content for moviegoers to choose from, all of these films will have to battle the four major-releases entering the box-office next weekend.
As expected “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” from Warner Bros. Pictures took the top-spot on the box-office charts with its $75M debut. The highly anticipated film, which is a spinoff set within the Harry Potter Universe, opened across 4,144 locations. “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” was directed by David Yates, working off the now best-selling screenplay written by J.K. Rowling. The film stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston and Alison Sudol. The screenplay itself has been climbing up the sales-charts on sites like Amazon.com all month, and now sits at number two.
Disney’s “Doctor Strange” dropped from number-one to number-two this weekend, but did manage to pull-in $17.68M while remaining in 3,694 locations. The latest Marvel installment has been in theaters for three-weeks now, and has grossed over $181.54M domestically for the studio since its debut. “Marvel’s Doctor Strange” was directed by Scott Derrickson, the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Rachel McAdams
“Trolls” from FOX scored another $17.5M this weekend, the animated comedy remained in 3,945 locations in its third week in theaters. To date the film has grossed over $116.21M domestically for FOX, and has been a quite hit for the studio. “Trolls” was directed by Walt Dohrn and Mike Mitchell, working off a screenplay written by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger. The film features the voice-talents of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake and Zooey Deschanel.
Paramount Pictures’ thriller “Arrival” dropped to fourth-place overall with an $11.8M weekend. The film, now its second-week at the box-office, remained in 2,335 locations and has grossed over $43.37M for the studio. “Arrival” was directed by Denis Villeneuve, working off a screenplay written by Eric Heisserer. The film is based on the story written by Ted Chiang called “Story of Your Life“. The film stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker.
Wrapping up the top-five this weekend was “Almost Christmas” from Universal Pictures. The film earned a modest $7.04M across 2,379 locations this weekend. The dram-comedy has now grossed over $25.42M in just two-weeks. “Almost Christmas” was written and directed by David E. Talbert, the film stars Kimberly Elise, Omar Epps and Danny Glover.
Not making the top-five but worth mentioning is the YA film “The Edge of Seventeen,” which did earn $4.825M across 1,945 locations. The film came in seventh-place overall at the box-office, despite great reviews from many outlets. “The Edge of Seventeen” was written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig, the film stars Hailee Steinfeld, Haley Lu Richardson and Blake Jenner.
“Bleed for This” also fell short of the top-five in its weekend debut. The film, which opened across 1,549 locations, only managed to earn $2.35M overall. “Bleed for This” was written and directed by Ben Younger, the film stars Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart and Katey Sagal.
In the limited-release category, “Nocturnal Animals” opened to $494K across 37 locations this weekend. “Nocturnal Animals” was directed by Tom Ford, who also wrote the screenplay. The film is based on the novel “Tony and Susan” written by Austin Wright. The drama-thriller stars Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Shannon.
Film-festival favorite “Manchester by the Sea” grossed over $241K across just 4 locations this week. “Manchester by the Sea” was written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan, the film stars Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams and Kyle Chandler.
“Fantastic Beasts” may be dominating the box-office this week, but several major-releases will hit local cinemas next weekend, all hoping to break the film’s spell over the charts. Moviegoers can look forward to the Robert Zemeckis/Brad Pitt WWII drama “Allied” releasing nationwide next week, as well as the Disney animated-feature “Moana”. Also releasing nationwide are the adult-comedy “Bad Santa 2” and the Warren Beatty directed drama “Rules Don’t Apply,” starring Lily Collins and Haley Bennett.