Australian Box Office Report: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them slays at the box office this week

It appears the Wizarding World beats the Marvel Universe, at the box office this week anyway.  Well and truly knocking last week’s no. 1 film, Doctor Strange, out of its top spot, is this week’s absolute cracker of a film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  It has done so well that it accounted for at least two thirds of this weekend’s overall box office haul, earning a whopping $9.75 million in ticket sales.

Naturally, it’s also performed very well internationally.  It opened with $218 million in sales globally, and topped the box office ladder in most key regions, including the USA.

Doctor Strange , slipping to no. 2 at the box office, still managed a $1.20 million at the box office. It was shown across 322 screens nationally, though this was 132 screens down from last week.  in comparison, the Eddie Redmayne flick in no. 1 spot opened on 709 screens.

# Film Title Distributor Box Office
1 FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM WARNER BROS 9,756,402
2 DOCTOR STRANGE WALT DISNEY 1,208,678
3 ARRIVAL ROADSHOW 1,163,516
4 HACKSAW RIDGE ICON 832,628
5 THE ACCOUNTANT WARNER BROS 683,982
6 THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS ENTERTAINMENT ONE 328,036
7 NOCTURNAL ANIMALS UNIVERSAL 310,208
8 GIRL ON THE TRAIN ENTERTAINMENT ONE 224,670
9 I AM NOT MADAME BOVARY CHINALION FILM 83,402
10 JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK PARAMOUNT 74,110

This week’s 3rd, 4th and 5th ranking films all moved down a notch from their positions last week.  The sci-fi film Arrival was the only other film, aside from the top 2, to earn over $1 million at the box office. The Amy Adams fronted sci-fi film made $1.16 million this week.

Down from 3rd spot to 4th spot on the box office ladder this week was Hacksaw Ridge, which made $832k. This may stay in at least the top five next week.

Another film to drop position was The Accountant, which earned $683k at the box office this week and went from 4th spot last week to 5th spot now.

Whilst we’re about 100% sure that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will stay at no. 1 next week, new films that may make a top 10 appearance include Michael Keaton’s The Founder (about Ray Kroc, the “founder” of the McDonalds franchise) and Bad Santa 2.  

All figures from The Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia and Box Office Mojo

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