Is Magical Beasts and Where to Find Them Not So Magical?

It was a mere 15 years ago the the boy who lived made his premiere and became a beloved character. The Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was a highly anticipated movie premiere this November. It’s not-recording breaking weekend of approximately $75M nationally was quite a surprise to many. However, it did score big internationally — accruing $143.3M. Together, the film earned a whopping $218.3M! Considering it cost about $180M to make, this is good news for Warner Bros.

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It is somewhat puzzling as to why the movie didn’t score big in the US too. The film received solid cinemascore feedback, with an A+ for under-18, and an A- for over 25. However the film, originally intended to be “kid friendly”, actually was a huge success with adults. This means that rather than scoring new die-hard fans from the younger population, it instead played on the nostalgia-driven J.K. Rowling fans out there. (You know the ones I’m talking about — they’re the ones who dressed up for all of the Harry Potter premieres.) It just didn’t seem to “WOW” the North American crowd the way it still did overseas.

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One theory for the results nationally is the play on American wizards in the film being more strictly religious and less open to wizard-muggle interactions and relationships. Including little tidbits thrown in like Hogwarts being a British school. So, some of these storylines we’ve fallen in love with over time have all changed and now we are torn between being “All-American-supporters” or “Harry-Potter-supporters”. Is Hogwarts the best wizarding school or Ilvermorny?!

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So what does this mean? Quite simply, this could mean that the original plan of this turning into a five film franchise may just not happen. Still, there is plenty of time left to continue gaining box-office tickets as well as further recognition worldwide. The movie could gain traction and surprise us even further.

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