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Fantastic Beasts is a hit, and a critic's darling for Warner Bros

Movie collects a solid US$75m in ticket sales in N America and an additional US$143.3m in partial release overseas; reviews are strong

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Fantastic Beasts, focused on a "magizoologist" named Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne, seen here and below), received an overall A grade in CinemaScore exit polls, with attendees under 18 years old giving it an A-plus.

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Fantastic Beasts takes place in 1926 New York instead of present-day Britain. The movie is burdened with laying the foundation for four planned sequels, as well as strengthening the entire Harry Potter business empire.

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Fantastic Beasts takes place in 1926 New York instead of present-day Britain. The movie is burdened with laying the foundation for four planned sequels, as well as strengthening the entire Harry Potter business empire.

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WARNER Bros and JK Rowling pulled off an exceptionally difficult magic trick over the weekend. Not only did they bring the Harry Potter film franchise back to life, they also did it without Harry Potter.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a movie burdened with

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