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Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them enjoys biggest UK opening of 2016

Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them

Story by Jack Foley

JK ROWLING’S Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them has enjoyed the biggest opening weekend of 2016 so far in the UK.

The film, which exists in the same world as Harry Potter, only years earlier, took £15,333,000 in its opening weekend.

It opened on approximately 1,900 screens, including 42 screens in IMAX on November 18, and subsequently achieved the highest Saturday and Sunday grosses of 2016.

It is also the third highest opening weekend for a film from JK Rowling’s Wizarding World following the final two Harry Potter films, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1.

Josh Berger, President and Managing Director of Warner Bros. Entertainment U.K, Eire and Spain, commented: “We are thrilled with the huge response from British and Irish audiences to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and expect word of mouth and repeat attendance to carry the film well into the holiday season.

“Whether long-time Harry Potter fans or newcomers to J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, moviegoers have shown how excited they are to join us for the start of a whole new era. These tremendous results are a testament to the work of the filmmakers, the cast and all the talented craftsmen whose hard work at Leavesden Studios brought this universe to life.”

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes us to a new era of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, decades before Harry Potter and half a world away.

Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne stars in the central role of Magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four Harry Potter blockbusters.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures.

Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident… were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

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