Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them casts 75 million spell, Doctor Strange struggles; Nick’s new holiday special Albert premieres December 9th; Pokémon franchise moves to Disney XD after Cartoon Network’s 11th year run with the debut of Pokémon: Sun and Moon

The Harry Potter craze continues! I’m Realistic Fish Head. The Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them created a magic spell in the box office with 75 million causing chaos from the other competitors. The film was below critic’s expectations as Harry Potter fans raced back in theaters to catch up what’s been going on since the wizard met up with his fierce enemy. Now that the beasts are scattered around, it’ll take a team of wizards to seek them before the world faces chaos itself. Can the spell be contained by next weekend Gene, or will The Warner’s case of bad timing continue?

 

Gene:

 

The weekend didn’t quite turn out as Mojo had forecast as the top twelve grossed a combined $149.4 million compared to Mojo’s forecast, which foresaw the top twelve grossing over $180 million. Part of the blame lay on an over-estimation of the weekend’s top new release, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which did deliver a solid #1 opening, but couldn’t match Mojo’s lofty expectations. To that point, the vast majority of films fell below expectations including the weekend’s two other new wide releases, The Edge of Seventeen and Bleed for This, neither of which managed to top $5 million as well as Sony’s expansion of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which can’t be looked at as anything more than a flop at this point.

Yet, there were some other notable performances to focus on, particularly in limited release where Amazon and Roadside’s Manchester by the Sea delivered strong opening results and Moonlight and Loving are still holding court as they continue to expand.

Topping the weekend box office, WB’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them delivered an estimated $75 million, matching industry expectations while falling below BoxOfficeMojo’s lofty projections, which banked too heavily on not only the Harry Potter fanbase, but a new group of younger moviegoers. As it turns out, only 18% of the opening weekend audience was under the age of 18 while 55% was over the age of 35, which suggests previous Harry Potter fans showed up, but the new generation wasn’t quite as inspired.

As have several Harry Potter films before it, Beasts scored an “A” CinemaScore from opening day audiences. That being said, while this is the lowest opening for any film in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World series of films, Beasts‘s opening is on par with the likes of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ($77.1m) and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ($77.8m), which went on to gross $292 million and $301 million respectively. Should Fantastic Beasts follow suit a domestic run anywhere from $284-290 million would be in the offing, though a safe expectation right now would seem to be around $275-280 million.

Looking beyond the domestic performance, and given the $180 million budget for Beasts, eyes now turn to the international market where the film opened on Wednesday and has since grossed $143.3 million for an overall global opening of $218.3 million. The film’s international debut ranks in the all-time top 30, just behind The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 and ahead of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Among Beasts‘s international highlights, it scored Wizarding World record openings in 11 markets, including South Korea ($14.1m), Russia ($9.8m) and Brazil ($6.4m) to go along with an $18.3 million opening in the UK, $9.9 million in Germany, $9.7 million in France, $7.3 million in Australia, $6.6 million in Italy, $5.8 million in Mexico and $4.5 million in Spain. The film will continue its international rollout in China and Japan next weekend.

Getting back to the domestic side of things, as expected, second and third position are currently something of a toss-up with Disney and Marvel’s Doctor Strange currently holding the edge with an estimated weekend of $17.67 million, a 59% drop compared to last weekend. Just behind Strange is Fox’s Trolls with an estimated $17.5 million weekend, a 50% drop.

Mojo’s weekend projections anticipated ~$20 million weekends for both films, while also attempting to consider what kind of factor last weekend’s inflated box office due to Election Day and Veterans Day may have on all of the weekend’s holdovers. As it turns out, the effect is notable with only a couple of films holding on as expected.

 

Outside of the Strange‘s domestic performance, however, the film didn’t add any new overseas markets this weekend, but it did add $26 million to its international total which now stands at $390 million for a worldwide tally topping $571.5 million. As a result, Doctor Strange is now the ninth largest worldwide release of 2016. Strange hits theaters in Argentina next weekend.

Fourth place on the domestic chart belongs to Paramount’s Arrival with an estimated $11.8 million, a 51% second weekend drop as its domestic cume now stands at $43.3 million. The film did add $3.5 million from 22 international markets where Sony is handling the release, but we are still waiting on numbers from the rest of its territories before updating its overall international total.

Rounding out the top five is Universal’s Almost Christmas, dropping 53.5% for an estimated $7 million second weekend, bringing its domestic cume to $25.4 million.

The best hold of the weekend inside the top ten goes to Hacksaw Ridge, which continues to perform well, dropping just 36.5% for an estimated $6.75 million. The film’s domestic cume now stands at $42.8 million as it’s now looking at a $60+ million domestic run.

In seventh is where we find STX’s The Edge of Seventeen, which fell well below its $8-10 million three-day opening expectations, delivering an estimated $4.8 million from 1,945 theaters ($2,480 PTA). The film did receive an “A-” CinemaScore from opening day audiences to go along with a strong 95% critical rating on RottenTomatoes, it simply just wasn’t able to attract enough moviegoers. The opening weekend audience demographics showed the film played 70% female and 75% was between the ages of 17-34 years of age.

Next is Open Road’s Bleed for This, which could only muster $2.35 million for the weekend from 1,549 theaters ($1,522 PTA). Bleed for This also received an “A-” CinemaScore.

Rounding out the top ten was Ben Affleck‘s The Accountant with an estimated $2.1 million as its cume has now topped $80 million and stands at $81.2 million.

This weekend also saw the expansion of Ang Lee‘s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk into 1,176 theaters (+1,174) with expectations for a weekend around $3-4 million. Unfortunately, mixed reviews and a perceived general lack of interest caused the film to struggle, delivering just $930,000 ($791 PTA). The film’s cume now stands at $1.1 million and it would seem most, if not all, of its Oscar chances have been dashed.

More encouraging expansions include A24’s Moonlight, which is now playing in 650 theaters (+474) where it brought in an estimated $1.58 million. The film’s domestic cume now stands at $6.7 million. Additionally, Focus Features’ Loving is now playing in 137 theaters (+91) where it brought in an estimated $854,000 ($6,234 PTA) for a $1.7 million domestic cume. The film will expand into 429 theaters (+292) this coming Wednesday.

This weekend also saw the limited release of a pair of new hotly anticipated films. First off is Tom Ford‘s Nocturnal Animals, which brought in an estimated $494,000 from 37 theaters ($13,351 PTA) in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, DC and Toronto. The film’s audience was 55% female with exit surveys scoring highest with males and females under 35. The film will expand into 200 theaters beginning this Wednesday followed by a nationwide expansion on December 9.

Next is Roadside’s release of Amazon Studios’ Sundance pickup Manchester by the Sea, which brought in an estimated $241,230 from four theaters ($60,308 PTA). The opening marks the highest ever per screen average in the 13 year history of Roadside Attractions, topping the $36,772 average for The September Issue in 2009.

Other limited releases this weekend included High Top’s release of The Take, which brought in $39,000 from 100 theaters; Cleopatra’s A Street Cat Named Bob opened with $35,070 from 25 theaters; Abramorama’s Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened debuted with $22,573 from 25 theaters; Cohen Media’s re-release of Daughters of the Dust brought in an estimated $10,842 from one theater; and Abramorama’s Blood on the Mountain opened with $3,443 from two theaters.

Next week things get started early as Disney’s Moana, Paramount’s Allied, Broad Green’s Bad Santa 2 and Fox’s Rules Don’t Apply will all debut on Wednesday, vying for a piece of the five-day Thanksgiving weekend. On Friday Weinstein will debut Lion in four theaters and EuropaCorp will release the Jessica Chastain thriller Miss Sloane.

To recap, Fantastic Beasts goes monster hunting 1st, Doctor Strange gets sidetracked in 2nd, Trolls uses protection in 3rd, Arrival’s invasion continues in 4th, and Almost Christmas awaits the turkey in 5th.

Next weekend, we serve up some Thanksgiving flicks on Wednesday with Bad Santa 2 and Disney’s Monana. Keep an eye for the mouse house’s newest flick as it continues its winning ways with worldwide box office debuts.

The holidays aren’t official until St. Nick arrives at this year’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Thankfully, Nick’s new holiday special will give the kids a head start on the holidays. Who’s here to keep them company Danny?

DannyAngelfish (via Animation World)-  Nickelodeon is giving audiences a gift this holiday season with the debut of Albert, an original animated TV movie about a tiny Douglas fir tree who goes on a journey to become the city’s most famous Christmas tree ever. Premiering Friday, Dec. 9, at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT), the one-hour, CG-animated holiday tale stars the comedic voice talent of Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live) in the title role and Sasheer Zamata (Saturday Night Live), Judah Friedlander (30 Rock) and Rob Riggle (21 Jump Street).

Albert is in the great tradition of classic heartwarming holiday stories, and we’re thrilled that it is the first original animated TV movie Nickelodeon has ever made,” said Michael Sammaciccia, Senior Vice President, Development and Production, Nickelodeon Original Movies. “Between the hilarious voice cast and the lush CG animation, Albert is a great movie for kids and families to enjoy this holiday season.”

Albert is the story of a tiny Douglas fir tree named Albert who has big dreams of becoming Empire City’s most famous Christmas tree. When the search for this year’s tree is announced, Albert believes he has found his calling and hits the road with his two best friends, Maisie (Zamata), the persistently positive palm tree, and Gene (Friedlander) the abrasive and blisteringly honest weed, to fulfill his destiny. With a few prickly situations along the way, and Cactus Pete (Riggle) out to stop him, Albert learns the true meaning of Christmas. The hour-long TV movie will also feature two original songs, “The Best Thing That Can Happen to Christmas” and “Christmasiest Christmas,” performed by the voice cast.”

Additional cast members include the voices of: Cheri Oteri (Saturday Night Live) as a TV news correspondent; Brenna Yde (School of Rock) as Molly, Earth Mama’s granddaughter; John DiMaggio (Adventure Time) as Donny, Molly’s father; and Mary Pat Gleason (Mom) as Earth Mama, the owner and caretaker of the nursery. Albert is directed by Oscar-nominated Max Lang (The Gruffalo), executive produced by Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi (The Adventures of Pete & Pete), and written by Will and Aaron Eisenberg (The Massively Mixed-Up Middle School Mystery) and Joe Stillman (Shrek). The Eisenbergs are also co-executive producers, and Viscardi serves as Nickelodeon’s SVP, Content Development, Nickelodeon Franchise Properties.

 

Fans can visit the Holiday page on Nick.com and the Nick App, along with Nick’s YouTube Channel, to learn more about the movie and its characters. Albert will be available on Nick.com and the Nick App, along with platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, Google Play, Vudu, Playstation, and Nick On Demand. In addition, an illustrated adaptation by Random House Children’s Books, Albert: The Little Tree With Big Dreams, is currently available.

 

After 11 years of Pokemon filled with excitement, evolutions, and battles Cartoon Network ends the Pokemon franchise as Pokemon: The Series XYZ nears its conclusion. After celebrating 20 years, the franchise needs a new home. Which network has the franchise under wraps Perch?

 

Perch Perkins (via Toon Zone)- The Pokémon Company International announced today a multiyear animation distribution deal with Disney XD, making the network the new home for Pokémon animated content in the US. Disney XD and its multiple platforms will air the 20th season of the popular Pokémon animated series and much of the Pokémon animation library, including 19 previous seasons consisting of over 900 episodes, plus 15 movies.

The upcoming season of the beloved Pokémon animated series, premiering on Disney XD in early 2017, will be titled Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon and will feature new characters and action-packed adventures that continue the great storytelling and narrative of the Pokémon universe. Disney XD in the US will also premiere the new feature-length animated film, Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel, on Monday, December 5, when viewers will also get a sneak peek at the upcoming season with the debut of the first two episodes.

“During our 20-year celebration, fans’ appetite for Pokémon is at an all-time high, and The Pokémon Company International is thrilled to join forces with Disney XD as the new home for Pokémon animation in the US,” said Emily Arons, senior vice president at The Pokémon Company International. “Disney XD is the perfect way to deliver Pokémon animation to kids and fans across the country on its multiple platforms.”

Pokémon animated content currently airs on Disney XD in Europe. Additional air dates for Pokémon animated content on Disney XD in the US will be announced at a later date.

 

Be sure you Pokemon fans check your listings after we confirm Sun and Moon’s debut.

 

Check out the best Thankgiving episodes on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim this Thursday night since their originals have the week off this week. On Nick in the meantime, catch another helping of a holiday episode of The Loud House. Then get ready and get set for the Double Dare Reunion special after The Thundermans. This is Realistic Fish Head saying, Happy Thanksgiving and best wishes for a wonderful holiday season!

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