This news comes as no surprise, given how successful the original Harry Potter films did internationally: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 grossed $12.2 million in China and $11.6 million in Japan on its opening weekend with Part 2 bringing in $29.7 million in China and $16.1 million in Japan. If anything, Fantastic Beasts’ figures are low given the franchise’s history with those regions, but these numbers are sure to grow, and it’s nice to see a continued international interest in all things Harry Potter.
Now all that remains is whether an entire Fantastic Beasts franchise will fare quite as well. Many Harry Potter fans felt lukewarmly about this first installment, especially after Harry Potter and the Cursed Child earned an extremely divisive reception, so it’s unclear if there will ever be the same support for this series that producers saw in the franchise’s heyday. Still, in this era of filmmaking, where franchises, spin-offs, and sequels are the name of the game, Warner Bros. will definitely at least try to get some more Fantastic Beasts movies off the ground before calling it quits. That’s likely the right call, anyway, if these numbers are any indication.
Though Fantastic Beasts is seeing some stiff competition from Moana and Doctor Strange as it heads into this next weekend, it looks like the film will continue to rake it in, both domestically and abroad.