Fifty Shades Freed Leads Newcomers At Weekend Box Office

15 February, 2018, 08:02 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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In second place, Sony's family film "Peter Rabbit" earned $25 million in its first weekend in theaters, well above analysts' predictions of $16 million. Even though the latest and final instalment, Fifty Shades Freed, has been roundly ridiculed by critics (it's on 11% on Rotten Tomatoes), it still pulled in the cash for Universal. Though the "Fifty Shades Freed" launch wound up above forecasts, it was not as strong as its predecessors.

"Fifty Shades of Grey" kicked off the trilogy in 2015 with X-rated toy tie-ins and $85 million in opening-weekend ticket sales, an astounding total for an erotic drama, a genre that had always been out of favour at multiplexes.

The audience was a whopping 75 percent female, of which 55 percent were under 30, and 53 percent were white. "We are exhilarated with the results", Jim Orr, Universal's president of domestic distribution, said.

And the film is set to have a good second week, thanks to Valentine's Day screenings on Wednesday (14Feb18).

Sony's hybrid live-action/animated 'Peter Rabbit' had a decent start. James Corden is voicing Peter Rabbit in a contemporary drama featured by his quarrel with Mr Thomas McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) as the adversary for the affections of the pleasant creature sweetheart who lives nearby, played by Rose Byrne.

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In a unique twist, it stars the soldiers themselves - Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos.

That left the Older Guy market, a niche that Clint Eastwood's "The 15:17 to Paris" seemed created to fill. Judy Greer and Jenna Fischer also star.

The new top 10 in North America is completed by Maze Runner: Death Cure at six, Dame Helen Mirren's horror film Winchester at seven, The Post, The Shape of Water, and Den of Thieves. The film only grossed $6M across 2,373 locations, but that was enough to raise the film's two-month total to just over $146M domestically. The film has earned more than US$800 million globally.

Fox's "Maze Runner: The Death Cure" took in $23.5 million from 19,858 screens in 80 markets, taking the global total for the finale of the dystopian trilogy to $180 million. This brings the Sony movie to $365 million domestically which, combined with another $7.5 million overseas, pushes the total cume for the movie at $880 million worldwide.

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