All of which is great news for fans of Newt Scamander and his new magical friends. Although there was little doubt that the film would do well, having the numbers confirm fan interest helps guarantee that the four planned sequels will make it to the big screen. Although this opening weekend hasn’t broken any records, it’s comparable to opening weekends for previous Harry Potter installments, and has earned a higher weekend multiplier and ‘Thursday-to-weekend’ percentage than some of the most recent Harry Potter offerings. Overall, this is a solid start to the new franchise, and any concerned fans can breathe a sigh of relief.
There are, of course, always some concerns with the launch of a new franchise. While Fantastic Beasts has been performing consistently with previous Harry Potter movies, the studio may have been aiming for a bigger opening weekend – especially taking into account inflation and the increased popularity of IMAX and 3D. As the first in a franchise, there is also likely to be a drop between the first and second films’ takes, as audiences who were merely curious about the first choose not to return for the second.
The reaction to the size of this new franchise got mixed reactions, and although Newt Scamander will not be the lead in all four remaining films, some still feel that a five-part series may be a little too ambitious. Reactions to Fantastic Beasts 2 will obviously have to wait until the film comes out in 2018, however, so for now we can sit back and enjoy this fantastic box office news.
Source: Deadline, Box Office Mojo