“Harry Potter” Prequel Met Expectations
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” scored well during its weekend debut. Warner Brothers expected it would bring in at least $70 million while others imagined it would hit the $80 to $90 million range. When adding the $143.3 million from its international opening the movie will do well after the $180 million production costs are reduced from the gross.
Author J.K. Rowling continues putting her words in the right places following her remarkable successes with the ‘Harry Potter’ movies. Other Potter movies opened with a lesser box office debut. In 2007 “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” opened with $77.1 million. In 2009 “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” brought in 77.8 million. The newest release pales in comparison to the 2011 debut of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” which grossed $169.2 million on its opening.
“Fantastic Beasts,” directed by David Yates, takes place in the 1920s in New York. Portraying a British “magizoologist” named Newt Scamander, the main character is played by Redmayne. Newt travels across the pond in search of magical creatures. When Newt arrives in New York he discovers Percival Graces (Colin Farrell) investigating a collapsed building which has been destroyed by a magical creature.
The cast, aside from Redmayne and Farell includes Katherine Waterston, Jon Voight, Ezra Miller, Joe Kravitz, Samantha Morton, Dan Folger and Alison Sudol.