Fantastic Beasts earns $500 million worldwide

Ryan Leston
UK Movies Writer

‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ has earned $00 million… so far.

Newt Scamander and the gang in Fantastic Beasts – Credit: Warner Bros.

The recent ‘Harry Potter’ spin-off has just crossed a rather impressive milestone, managing to make $500 million worldwide following in just two weeks.

“Warner Bros said today that its new J.K. Rowling franchise Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them passed $500 million at the worldwide box office Tuesday,” confirmed Deadline, “following its second weekend in release.”

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So far, ‘Fantastic Beasts’ has earned $161 million US domestic, with a further $344 million international for a grand total of $505 million worldwide.

Impressive stuff… especially considering that it isn’t quite a ‘Harry Potter’ movie.

Before the film’s release, analysts predicted that ‘Fantastic Beasts’ might struggle to make similar numbers to the ‘Harry Potter’ saga, largely due to the lack of Daniel Radcliffe’s boy wizard.

Newt gets his wand out – Credit Warner Bros.

“Box office analysts believe the pic, directed by Harry Potter veteran David Yates and marking Rowling’s screenwriting debut, will top out at $750M-$775M worldwide when all is said and done.”

Although it’s still unlikely to top ‘Harry Potter’s biggest earners, it looks as though it might begin to cosy up to the franchise… after all, ‘The Prisoner of Azkaban’ managed just $795 million at the lowest end of their box office success.

And obviously, the folks at Warner Bros. couldn’t be happier.

“We are thrilled by the success of this new adventure, which is also the start of an exciting new franchise for the studio,” said Warner Bros. boss Sue Kroll. “With ‘Fantastic Beasts’, the brilliant J.K. Rowling has created an immersive story with timeless themes that are resonating with both critics and audiences in every corner of the world.”

Newt and the gang in Fantastic Beasts – Credit: Warner Bros.

“We congratulate her, our director David Yates, the wonderful cast and everyone involved in the film on this milestone.”

‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ stars Eddie Redmayne alongside Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Colin Farrel and Ezra Miller.

David Yates directed the movie based on a script by J.K. Rowling.

‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ debuted on 18 November 2016.

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