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.
Frill-necked bears, gryphons, an extremely covetous mole and dozens of other critters are causing havoc in Manhattan in the latest trailer for Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Luckily for the residents of 1926 New York, a mussy-haired wizard named Newt Scamander is there to corral them. Played by recent Oscar-winner (and just about the last British thespian who hasn’t already been roped into a role in the Harry Potter universe) Eddie Redmayne, Newt’s mission is to get the beasties back in order.
His journey acquaints him with new friends Jacob Kowalski (“Hey, mister English guy, I think your egg is hatching!” shouts the American No-Maj, a stateside term for those incapable of practicing magic) and Tina Goldstein, an employee of the Magical Congress of the United States of America who joins Newt’s quest. In addition to Dan Fogler and Katherine Waterston, respectively, Colin Farrell also joins Redmayne in the ensemble as Percival Graves, a ruthless wizard dead-set on tracking down Newt.
The new trailer shows off more of the production’s flashy CGI creations than any previous spot, with wide-scale destruction leveling entire sections of old-timey New York. “Something is stalking our city, wreaking destruction and then disappearing without a trace,” Tina warns. It can’t remain a secret much longer.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them comes to theaters November 18th.
Eddie Redmayne has just signed on to star in the upcoming adaptation of The Last Days Of Night. The film with the same name is about the epic clash between industry titan George Westinghouse and inventor Thomas Edison over one question: who invented the lightbulb?
It’s set to be released sometime in late 2017, according to Deadline and will be directed by Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game, Passengers). It’s based on a historical thriller by Graham Moore, who authored the screenplay for The Imitation Game and the bestselling novel The Sherlockian, that’s set to be released on August 16th from Random House. Moore will be writing the screenplay for his novel.
Westinghouse and Edison famously clashed in a series of escalating lawsuits over their inventions and patents during the late 1800s. The war took place between Edison’s Electric Light Company and the Westinghouse Electrical Company at the dawn of the electrical age and helped settle the future of the technology.
Redmayne, who recently starred in The Theory of Everything and this year’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, will play Paul Cravath, a young lawyer from Columbia Law School who is representing Westinghouse in 1888. The case thrusts the young man into the upper echelons of American high society, as he’s tasked with bringing a case against inventor Thomas Edison. Notable historical figures such as Nikola Tesla and Alexander Graham Bell make their own appearances throughout the story.
Eddie Redmayne has joined Nick Park’s eagerly anticipated Early Man, which Studio Canal is financing, selling and distributing in its core markets. Early Man is a stop-frame feature film that sees Park going behind the camera for the first time since Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit. Park also co-directed Chicken Run. Mark Burton and John O’Farrell have written the script. The BFI is also a partner on the film. Set at the dawn of time, when dinosaurs and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of how one plucky caveman unites his tribe against a mighty enemy and saves the day, while also inadvertently inventing the game of football.
The film is part of StudioCanal’s expansion into family fare following the global success of Paddington– $260 million worldwide gross and counting- and Shaun the Sheep. Redmayne won the Academy Award for his bravura performance as physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. He will next be seen in Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. He is repped by United Agents and CAA.
Eddie Redmayne was born to play magizoologist Newt Scamander in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” according to producer David Heyman.
”Eddie was our first choice,” Heyman told tv3. “He’s very good at playing characters that are out of step, as it were, and bringing to them a real heart and compassion. He has a desire to bring truth to every moment. He’s very charming and appealing to men and women alike. And he’s a timeless actor, so he fits perfectly into 1920s New York.”
The film, written by J.K. Rowling, follows Scamander, a Ministry of Magistry employee who accidently unleashes a briefcase full of magical creatures upon NYC in the roaring twenties. Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell and Ezra Miller also star.
”Newt is someone who can communicate better with his creatures than he does with people,” Heyman said of Redmayne’s character. “He’s a Brit who finds himself in the US and the American magical universe is different to the British one.”
Redmayne said shooting the film, which wrapped last month, was “a wonder.”
“It’s just unlike anything I’ve ever been a part of,” Redmayne said. “It’s like imagination taken to the extreme.”
Rowling was intimately involved with the production process. According to Heyman, ”We’d run concepts by her, she’d give her thoughts and we’d adjust accordingly. She certainly was aware of all the lead casting choices before we finalized them.”
Redmayne said he asked Rowling “800 questions” to prepare for the role.
“I met J.K. Rowling and what’s so amazing is that her imagination is so full and thorough — it’s so encyclopedic of her world,” he told ComingSoon.net.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” directed by David Yates, opens Nov. 18, 2016.
British actor Eddie Redmayne was officially introduced as Omega’s newest brand ambassador in Los Angeles Tuesday with a Hollywood style gala at Mack Sennett Studios. Redmayne is the face of Omega’s new watch collection, Globemaster, which houses the brand’s most advanced mechanical movement and features a design inspired by early Constellation models.
The watch collection was unveiled more than a year ago and Redmayne’s selection of being its international spokesperson not long after. But it wasn’t till now that both the Globemaster and its new representative were ready for full global exposure.
Redmayne is known for taking challenging roles. He received a 2015 Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in the film, “The Theory of Everything,” and was nominated for a second Oscar in 2016 for “The Danish Girl.”
Redmayne, who attended the event with his wife, Hannah Bagshawe, said on stage that the Globemaster’s design has both a classic and modern appeal. “I can kind of wear it with anything,” he said. “I don’t like watches to be overstated or ostentatious or crying out too much, but you want to feel a weight to them and a history to them. For me, in a subtle way, it makes you feel stronger having a decent watch on.”
Redmayne added that he finds red carpets the most challenging environment when trying to decide what to wear.
“They never get easier,” he said. “It’s just a very odd thing to have to stand in front of banks of people screaming at you and telling you to look in their direction and quite often shouting abuse,” he said. “So for me, a good tailored suit and a strong watch give you a sense that you have armor or a uniform.”
Earlier in the day, Stephen Urquhart, Omega president, said the 34-year-old actor fits the positioning of the Globemaster well because of his youth, his reputation for taking on challenging roles and his unique sense of style. The timepiece is being sold as a traditional watch for a younger audience and Redmayne, who is the first Oscar winner born in the 1980s, fits this demographic.
“This watch is so important for the future of the brand that we wanted to find someone who could really try to combine the incredible legacy with a modern style,” he said. “I think at Omega we’re trying to definitely attract a younger generation.”
Over the weekend Eddie was at the EE British Academy Film Awards I have some photos from the event.
Eddie Redmayne’s mind was positively blown by J.K. Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” screenplay.
“For me, it was a question of whether I’d get the gig. When I read J.K. Rowling’s script, I just had my mind blown,” Redmayne, 34, told Pottermore. “I was so excited by it. The amazing thing was that I found it funny, I found it a thriller, I found it romantic. At the end, I was deeply moved by it.”
Redmayne was also impressed by “Fantastic Beasts” director David Yates. “David has such a lovely manner and this incredible kindness to him,” the actor said. “There was no question I wanted to do this movie.”
In the film, Redmayne plays writer and magizoologist Newt Scamander, who accidently unleashes a briefcase full of “fantastic beasts” upon 1920’s New York City.
“So when David and I had our first meeting about this movie I had this case with me,” Redmayne said. “We met in a pub in Soho and sat down by a roaring fire. As he started telling me about Newt and the basic plot of this film — which included Newt having a magic case — I said, ‘I promise I didn’t know about Newt’s case. I didn’t bring this as some sort of weird method audition — like, don’t worry David, I come with my own case!’ And I’m afraid it’s still here, it’s still got my life in it. Not quite as much as Newt has in his case, though…”
Redmayne has been nominated for an Academy Award for his role as transgender icon Lili Elbe in “The Danish Girl.” Already an Oscar winner for last year’s “The Theory of Everything,” Redmayne, this year, hopes for a more relaxing ceremony.
“Last year was like being hit by a bulldozer and it’s such a frenzy of emotions that you try to remain open enough to enjoy it and remember it,” he recently told The Telegraph. “You think of it as an evening event but it takes such a long time, I will have a calm day.”
“Fantastic Beasts” hits theaters Nov. 18.