Weekend Box Office: ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Heads for Massive $140M Global Debut

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Universal’s Fifty Shades Freed is sizzling at the global box office, where it’s on course to post a global debut of $140 million. The threequel closes out the female-fueled film franchise based on the BDSM-laced novels by E.L. James. On Friday, the movie series jumped the $1 billion mark in worldwide ticket sales, an impressive showing considering the three films cost a combined $150 million to produce (that doesn’t include marketing costs).Film Title: Fifty Shades Freed

In North America, Fifty Shades Freed posted an opening-day gross of $18.5 million from 3,768 theaters for a projected $40 million weekend (Friday’s haul included $5.6 million in Thursday evening previews.) Overseas, Fifty Shades Freed is looking at a $100 million debut after already taking in $50.7 million since rolling out midweek in select markets.

 

Dakota Johnson once again stars as Anastasia Steele, while Jamie Dornan reprises the role of Christian Grey.

 

The first film, Fifty Shades of Grey, opened to $85.1 million domestically in February 2015. At that time, James’ books were a global sensation. Sequel Fifty Shades Darker opened to $46.6 million two years later.

The other two nationwide entries are the family film Peter Rabbit and Clint Eastwood’s terrorist drama The 15:17 to Paris.

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  AP
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