All eyes are on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them this weekend as Warner Bros. hopes it will have another successful tentpole franchise on its hands, especially since they’ve already announced that there will be four sequels on the way. But right now, the signs are good for the Harry Potter spinoff as THR reports that the film has earned an A CinemaScore grade to go along with a $29.7 million from 4,144 locations on Friday. The film is currently on track to earn $76 million this weekend, which, while lower than any of the Harry Potter films, is still an impressive debut for a semi-new franchise.
News wasn’t quite as good for the weekend’s other newcomers. Although The Edge of Seventeen is a great little movie (and it got an A- CinemaScore), the film only pulled in $1.7 million on Friday, and it’s looking like its opening weekend will be in the $5-6 million range, well short of the $10 million opening STX Entertainment was looking for. It’s a shame, but I also feel like if The Edge of Seventeen ever hits Netflix, it’s going to become a cult hit.
Also coming in below expectations is the boxing drama Bleed for This. The film, which stars Miles Teller as boxer Vinny Pazienza, earned an A- CinemaScore, but only pulled in $895,000 on Friday, which puts it on track to earn $2-3 million for the weekend.
There’s also more bad news for Sony, who expanded Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk into 1,176 theaters but only pulled in $350,000 on Friday. The film is expected to do even worse than last year’s The Walk, which opened to $1.5 million from 448 theaters. With that kind of lousy box office and poor reception from critics, Ang Lee’s new movie is pretty much out of the Oscar race at this point.
However, all is not lost for indie releases at the box office. Nocturnal Animals and Manchester by the Sea both opened in limited release this weekend, and both are doing fairly well. Nocturnal Animals pulled in $163,000 on Friday from 37 locations while Manchester earned $73,000 from only four locations. It will be interesting to see if these films can continue to earn in the weeks ahead as they try to make their way in the Oscar race.
Come back tomorrow for the full weekend box office numbers. Here’s the Top 5 for Friday:
|1.||Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them