Fantastic Beasts crosses $800 million mark, beats Prisoner of Azkaban

Ben Arnold
UK Movies Writer
Huge haul… Fantastic Beasts beats Prisoner of Azkaban – Credit: Warner Bros

Despite being released back in November last year, Harry Potter spin-off ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is still pulling in the cash.

It’s just crossed the $800 million (£663 million) mark worldwide, meaning that it’s made more cash than the third Potter movie, ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’, often considered the favourite amongst fans.

That movie made $796.6 million (£660 million) back in 2004.

The UK has contributed a sturdy £53 million to the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ war chest at Warner Bros, though that’s actually less than ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’, which made just over £70 million on these shores.

(Credit: Warner Bros)

And, of course, it won’t be stopping there. Not by a long chalk.

J.K. Rowling confirmed before the first movie hit our screens that it would be the first of five films exploring the pre-Potter world, though it’s not known yet whether Eddie Redmayne – who plays the ‘magizoologist’ Newt Scamander – will be starring in all five.

While the first movie took place in 1920s New York, the second will set its action in Paris and Great Britain.

It’s slated for release on November 16, 2018, with the third movie confirmed for November 20, 2020.

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