Australian Box Office Report: Fantastic Beasts is 3rd time lucky at number one spot

There must be an abundance of bottled good fortune (or Felix Felicis for the HP nerds) sent to the Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them cast and crew – as it’s remained at no. 1 at the box office for the 3rd week in a row, earning another $3.25 million, while its international tally crosses US$600m.  As the year draws to a close, this means that it has made the top 10 list of box office successes for 2016, knocking Jason Bourne out of the list.

In its debut week at the box office, Trolls, starring Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel and James Corden, took 2nd place at the box office, making $2.52 million.  It’s been a long promotion but it looks like it’ll pay off, and will continue to do well as school holidays near – at least until Disney’s Moana – which currently rules the US box office – is released on Boxing Day.

# Film Title Distributor Box Office
1 FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM WARNER BROS 3,252,693
2 TROLLS FOX 2,520,988
3 UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS SONY PICTURES 1,545,425
4 ARRIVAL ROADSHOW 576,712
5 THE FOUNDER ROADSHOW 552,703
6 DOCTOR STRANGE WALT DISNEY 478,266
7 HACKSAW RIDGE ICON 406,777
8 BAD SANTA 2 MADMAN 300,285
9 THE ACCOUNTANT WARNER BROS 248,991
10 YOUR NAME MADMAN 172,725

Also debuting at the box office was Underworld: Blood Wars, starring Kate Beckinsale.  Sitting at no. 3, it earned $1.54 million.  This is the 5th installment in the Underworld franchise and sees Beckinsale reprise her role as vigilante Selene.

Not much movement throughout the rest of the top 10, but this will surely move along as the holiday season really kicks in.  Amy Adams’ sci-fi film Arrival remains steady in 4th spot, earning $575k at the box office, but Michael Keaton’s The Founder dropped to 5th spot this week (from 3rd spot last week, now taken by Underworld: Blood Wars), earning $552k at the box office.

Coming up we should see the fun but definitely low-brow Office Christmas Party make some sort of appearance on the box office report.  The much anticipated Star Wars: Rogue One is also on the horizon, and this will most certainly knock the Harry Potter universe off its axis.

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

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