‘Fantastic Beasts’ Tops $50 Million in Three Days at International Box Office

Seth Kelley

The magic continues overseas for this week’s number one domestic film, as “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” has grossed $53.6 million in three days abroad.

On Friday, the film played on 24,200 screens and conjured up $30 million after opening in 16 more markets including the U.K., Mexico and Spain.

The three-day total combined with the film’s $29.7 million earnings in the U.S. brings its grand total to $83.3 million total. Early estimates indicated that the film could make more than $200 million globally in its first weekend. That’s more than the film’s $180 million production budget.

In the U.K., the film opened Friday to $5.4 million at 1,880 locations, and captured an 84% share of the top five films on the market. The grosses so far outpace those of the first five Harry Potter films, excluding “Deathly Hallows” parts one and two.

In Mexico the film earned $1.8 million at 3,424 locations, and in Spain it captured $1.4 million from 612 screens. The film continues to be number one in Korea, Germany, Russia, Australia and other key international markets.

“Fantastic Beasts” stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, an expert in the realm of magical creatures, who runs into trouble when beasts escape from his magical bag and run rampant around New York City. David Yates directed the film based on J.K. Rowling’s script. Colin Farrell, Dan Fogler, Katherine Waterston and Samantha Morton also star in what is set to become a five-film franchise.

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