Fantastic Beasts opens big in China and has strong second weekend

'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' extended its winning run at the box-office over its second weekend, earning a strong $65.8 million in the U.S. over the course of the five-day holiday weekend.

It also registered a mammoth opening in China, earning $11.2 million on its opening day from 11,600 screens (per Warner Bros.), the best among the Rowling's cinematic universe. In total, it delivered an opening weekend of $41.1 million in China, dominating thew box office with 70,000 screenings per day and garnering a total three times larger than fellow new opener, and second-placed film, “Moana.” This alone surpassed the entire lifetime total of all Harry Potter films save the last one. Similarly in Japan – typically the biggest or second biggest market for the previous Harry Potter installments – it debuted with $15.5 million, besting the total lifetime of all the previous films except for 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' and 'Deathly Hallows – Part 2'.

Ever since its release, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been making major waves at the overseas box office, earning $132 million in 67 markets this weekend alone. Its international total now stands at a whopping $317.5 million with a cumulative box office collection of $473.7 million.

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