A $75 million debut is great by most standards, but for a franchise like "Harry Potter," the bar sits high — especially considering the $180 million budget.
"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" brought in over $90 million domestically in its debut, and that was 15 years ago. "Fantastic Beasts" had the worst debut from the wizarding world — including all eight "Harry Potter" films.
That said, let's not feel bad for Mr. Scamander or Warner Bros. It seems muggles across the pond haven't lost an ounce of their Potter enthusiasm, pushing foreign ticket sales past $140 million.
Perhaps the bigger surprise here is the collective sigh from some critics.
"This movie felt kind of charmless," Alonso Duralde said.
"The character of Newt Scamander is boring," said Matt Atchity on "What the Flick?!"
While moviegoers across the country are just excited that anyone is waving a wand on the silver screen — others say the adventures in New York just don't measure up to Hogwart's adventures. Luckily for us, Eddie Redmayne and J.K. Rowling have another four films to get everything just right.
And right behind "Doctor Strange" this week is "Trolls," also finishing up with about $17 million.
As for next week, Disney gets a Polynesian princess in "Moana."