Warner Bros said today that its new J.K. Rowling franchise Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them passed $500 million at the worldwide box office Tuesday following its second weekend in release. The Eddie Redmayne starrer has earned $161M domestically and $344M internationally for a global cume of $505M to date.
Box office analysts believe the pic, directed by Harry Potter veteran David Yates and marking Rowling’s screenwriting debut, will top out at $750M-$775M worldwide when all is said and done. It made $66M over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend, and its second week overseas was boosted by strong starts in China ($41M) and Japan ($15.6M). It bowed everywhere November 18.
“We are thrilled by the success of this new adventure, which is also the start of an exciting new franchise for the studio,” said Warner Bros’ Sue Kroll in making the announcement today. “With Fantastic Beasts, the brilliant J.K. Rowling has created an immersive story with timeless themes that are resonating with both critics and audiences in every corner of the world. We congratulate her, our director David Yates, the wonderful cast and everyone involved in the film on this milestone.”
Eddie Redmayne finds himself in a stressful moment at the airport when an overzealous TSA agent wants to go through his suitcase hiding some very Fantastic Beasts.
Of the four Hogwarts houses, Hufflepuff has long been considered by many Harry Potter fans to be the most extraordinarily ordinary of the bunch — not good or bad, just there. But in a new PSA released by MTV Tuesday, Eddie Redmayne — who plays famous Hufflepuff Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — comes to the defense of the yellow and black badgers.
“For far too long, Hufflepuffs have been victimized,” he says. “They call us boring, they call us beige — so we’re the nice guys.”
The 34-year-old actor then emotionally lists the reasons he is proud to be one of the Puffs, including their loyalty, work ethic and compassion. “Also Hufflepuff is J.K. Rowling’s favorite house so frankly f—k you,” he adds.
There’s no question that Eddie Redmayne is an insanely talented actor, but it turns out his talent goes even further than we ever could have imagined. Redmayne was on Ellen recently to promote the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Ellen asked Eddie to play an animal-themed version of Heads Up, where she had to guess the animals he was doing an impression of. And boy, did the guy deliver. His animal impressions are on point.
Both Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch are playing characters with magical powers in upcoming movies Their respective – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Doctor Strange – but in real life, the pair can only manage Some mere sleight of hand.
During Friday’s episode of The Graham Norton Show , Redmayne Asked For His co-guests help executing a trick That Involved a “totally ordinary” coloring book. After Bryan Cranston assisted with the first half of the ruse, Redmayne handed Cumberbatch His Fantastic Beasts wand to perform the grand finale
He will make his debut turn as magizoologist Newt Scamander when Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them hits cinemas next month.
But Eddie Redmayne’s involvement in the wizarding world could have been very, very different – after the actor revealed that he once read for the role of young Voldemort
But Eddie didn’t even get a call back – and it was Christian Coulson who eventually bagged the role of one Tom Marvolo Riddle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Speaking to Empire, Eddie recalled: ‘I actually auditioned to play Tom Riddle while I was at university.
‘I properly failed and didn’t get a callback.
‘Over the years, I always hoped I might be cast as a member of the Weasley family – I’m colour blind, but I’ve always been told there’s a tinge of red to my hair – but unfortunately not.
‘A lot of my friends, like Domhnall Gleeson and Rob Pattinson, got their Harry Potter moment, but I never got mine.’
But he’s still feeling the pressure, too.
‘I feel enormous pressure’, he revealed at the global fan event.
‘We were all fans and we grew up watching these films. For me, getting to go and see a Potter film every couple of years was like diving into that warm and cosy place that made you feel happy about the world.’
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them hits cinemas on November 18.
Eddie Redmayne got “complete stage fright” using a wand in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’.
The 34-year-old actor – who plays magizoologist Newt Scamander in the JK Rowling-penned movie – admits he was incredibly nervous about picking up a wand to use on set.
He said: “It was so weird. Because when you get to pick up a wand, your inner nine-year-old is having the best moment of his life. ‘Oh my god. I get to use one of these!’
“And then you pick one up and go, ‘Oh. Why does this feel so weird? What do I do with it?’ I got complete stage fright!”
And Eddie loved being able to meet up with JK Rowling to discuss the character but admits he was a little “in awe” of her.
He added: “I was lucky enough to meet her just before we started filming. At that point I was so in awe of her. I wanted to be all, ‘Lovely to meet you!’ but we only had an hour so I just went, ‘So, Newt?’
“You can ask her anything. Any detail from the smallest nuance. She is so in love with her characters. By that point I’d done so much work on who Newt was, and it was two people just talking at each other. It was so helpful.”
There was one thing the father-of-one – who has four-month-old daughter Iris with his wife Hannah Bagshawe – wanted to perfect for his role as Newt – the walk.
He told SFX magazine: “When [JK Rowling] describes Newt walking through the streets of New York, she describes him as walking to his own rhythm. There’s a Buster Keaton vibe quality, she wrote. So I actually decided to work with this guy called Alex Reynolds who’s a dancer by trade. Newt has a unique physicality that was very specific to him.”
JK Rowling told fans attending a global event for Warner Bros’ Fantastic Beats And Where To Find Them that the upcoming movie starring Eddie Redmayne will be the first of five total movies in the series spinoff of her Harry Potter stories. That’s new news as the author originally considered the spinoff idea to be a trilogy of films.
In addition, director David Yates, beamed into via satellite to the TCL Chinese Theatre from London with Rowling and Harry Potter film series producer David Heyman, also teased that the second movie in the follow-up series will be set in another global capital city — though he wouldn’t say which one. Another tease: he said the first Fantastic Beasts will feature a cameo by a young Albus Dumbledore as well as another character from the original Harry Potter movies, Gellert Grindelwald. A dangerous wizard whose friendship and later enmity with Dumbledore plays a large role in the parent series’ backstory, Grindelwald was also tied to the final Harry Potter book’s magical Macguffins the Deathly Hallows and to the eventual fate of Lord Voldemort.
The news comes ahead of the global bow of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them on November 18. The studio has already staked out a sequel release date for November 16, 2018.
The global event was beamed out to Hollywood, New York, London, Mexico City, Sao Paulo and Rome. Warner Bros showed the first 10 minutes of the movie as well as a featurette, and Jon Voight and Colin Farrell were in attendance in Hollywood. In London, Rowling, Yates and Heyman were joined by co-stars Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, and Dan Fogler.