Weekend Box Office: 'Fifty Shades Freed' Climaxes With $137M Global Debut

The Hollywood Reporter | 2/11/2018 | Pamela McClintock
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'Peter Rabbit' opens to $25 million in the U.S., while Clint Eastwood's 'The 15:17 to Paris' debuts to $12.6 million after getting derailed by many critics.

Universal's Fifty Shades Freed seduced audiences in its worldwide debut, grossing $136.9 million and propelling the female-fueled, Valentine's Day franchise past the $1 billion mark in global box-office ticket sales.

North - America - Fifty - Shades - Freed

In North America, Fifty Shades Freed easily dominated, coming in No. 1 with $38.8 million, the top opening of the year to date. There were no signs that the #MeToo movement slowed down the threequel, which came in less than 17 percent behind Fifty Shades Darker, a small drop for a third title, not to mention a third title in a franchise based on a book series that's faded from view.

Overseas, Fifty Shades Freed sizzled with $98.1 million from 57 markets, including a first-place finish in 54. Germany led all countries with $10.8 million, followed by the U.K./Ireland ($8.8 million), France ($8.7 million) and Italy ($7.2 million).

Film - Fifty - Shades - Grey - Worldwide

The first film, Fifty Shades of Grey, opened to $85.1 million domestically and $242.4 million worldwide over Valentine's Day weekend in February 2015. At that time, E.J. James' BDSM-laced books were a global sensation. Two years later, sequel Fifty Shades Darker opened to $46.6 million domestically and $144.4 million globally. The franchise has been enormously profitable for Universal, considering the trio of titles cost a combined $150 million to produce before marketing.

Females made up 75 percent or more of the North American audience for Fifty Shades Freed. Dakota Johnson once again stars as Anastasia Steele, while Jamie Dornan reprises the role of Christian Grey.

Weekend - Entries - Peter - Rabbit - Clint

The weekend's other two nationwide entries were Peter Rabbit and Clint Eastwood's terrorist drama The 15:17 to Paris.

A CGI/live-action hybrid, Sony's Peter Rabbit came in No. 2 with an estimated $25 million from 3,725 theaters. The...
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