1. Fantastic Beasts and where to Find Them (review)- $75M
When is it that a $75M domestic debut not considered all that "fantastic"? When the film is Fantastic Beasts and where to Find Them, the return to J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter universe in a prequel set decades before the boy wizard's birth. While that number may sound good, it's actually lower than every Harry Potter movie before it. That may not bode well considering this the start of a 5-movie franchise. What Warner Bros. has to fall back on is the $143M overseas haul, giving the $180M-budgeted movie $218M overall.
2. Doctor Strange- $17.6M/$181.5M
3. Trolls- $17.5M/$116.2M
4. Arrival- $11.8M/$43.3M
5. Almost Christmas- $7M/$25.4M
6. Hacksaw Ridge- $6.7M/$42.8M
7. The Edge of Seventeen (review)- $4.8M
Despite some of the best reviews of the year, especially for teen comedies, The Edge of Seventeen opened in detention with only $4.8M. The Hailee Steinfeild/Woody Harrelson R-rated comedy clearly got ate up by 'Fantastic Beasts' which likely pulled in the teen audience along with adults and kiddos. The hope is that audiences will give 'Edge' a boost during the busy Thanksgiving weekend, although with Moana on the horizon the prospect of that is slim.
8. Bleed for This (review)- $2.3M
I don't know if there was ever going to be a big audience for Bleed for This, the Vinny Pazienza biopic starring Miles Teller. The reason is that boxing movies which don't feature Rocky Balboa tend to have only a niche audience, and coming off two relatively mediocre films in Southpaw and Hands of Stone, there definitely wasn't going to be much casual interest.
9. The Accountant- $2.1M/$81.1M
10. Shut In- $1.6M/$6M