Since the first Harry Potter film showed in 2001, no other contemporary magical world has replaced it in the Box Office. J.K. Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” was aimed at a mix of children, teenagers, and adults, but how many was the actual turnout, and how successful was the film?

Lowest Harry Potter film opening

Among the “Harry Potter” films, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” garnered the lowest domestic opening weekend numbers at $77,108,414. Despite that dismal amount (compared to the first movie’s $90,294,621 opening), it was still better than “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, which only garnered $75 million, according to figures from The-Numbers website.

It’s enough to put this prequel spin-off on the Box Office list, though. It was the biggest thing during its opening weekend, trumping other films like "Edge of Seventeen" ($4.8 million), "Bleed for This" ($2.4 million), and "Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk" ($930,000), according to a post in the Wall Street Journal.

Mostly adults in the audience

The Boy Who Lived started his adventures when he was a mere 11-year-old before he defeated Lord Voldemort at the age of 17. The audience for J.K. Rowling’s series was clear: pre-adolescent children who will grow up with the books' characters.

This time, though, the "Fantastic Beasts" film features adult witches and wizards in 1920s New York City, but who does it cater to?

The movie doesn’t slowly explain the origins of magic or how the wizarding world works, which makes it less friendly to new, younger audience.

Unsurprisingly, most of the viewers of the film skewed to an older age category. According to Variety, 65 percent who watched the film were older than 25 years old, 35 percent were under 25 years of age, and only 18 percent were actually younger than 18 years old.

In other words, the film's success depended largely on older fans who loved J.K. Rowling's wizarding world.

Jeff Goldstein, the "Harry Potter" films’ president of domestic distribution, said that while the first weekend showing saw mostly adults, he’s expecting a younger audience by Thanksgiving, when classes are done.

The film had a $180 million production cost, so Warner Bros. is pushing a global opening to be around $218.3 million, according to Deadline. It’s still to be seen, though, if the opening is enough to sustain a five-film Harry Potter spin-off franchise.

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