50 Shades of Grey has dominant opening weekend

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50 Shades of Grey has Dominant Opening Weekend

Amid much controversy and a never-ending stream of internet jokes on its behalf, the erotic romance film 50 Shades of Grey has proven dominant at the box office this weekend. Grey rocketed past the previous Valentine’s Day weekend record holder by a hefty $30 million. In total, it grossed $81.6 million dollars, becoming the fifth biggest R-rated movie opening of all time. Surprisingly, Grey also had massive sales outside the U.S., earning $158 million overseas.

Other huge openings for R-rated films include The Matrix Reloaded, which opened at $91.7 million, and has remained the highest grossing R-rated film since its release in 2003. At #2 is this year’s American Sniper, which grossed $89.2 million its opening weekend. At #3 and #4 are The Hangover: Part II and The Passion of the Christ, which earned $85.9 and $83.8 million respectively.

Coming in second this Valentine’s weekend is Kingsman: The Secret Service, which earned $35.6 million. In third place is The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. The children’s film about the much beloved sponge grossed $30.5 million in its second weekend, down 44.8%. Rounding out the top 5 are American Sniper, which is still holding strong in its 8th week, and Jupiter Ascending, which dropped nearly 50% in its second week. The two films earned $16.4 and $9.4 million respectively.

Top 10 Box Office – Valentine’s Day Weekend 2015

    1. 50 Shades of Grey – $81,670,000 – Week #1

    2. Kingsman: The Secret Service – $35,600,000 – Week #1

    3. The Spongebob Movie: Sponge out of Water – $30,540,000 – Week #2

    4. American Sniper – $16,435,000 – Week #8

    5. Jupiter Ascending – $9,430,000 – Week #2

    6. Seventh Son – $4,135,000 – Week #2

    7. Paddington – $4,150,000 – Week #5

    8. The Imitation Game – $3,525,000 – Week #12

    9. The Wedding Ringer – $3,400,000 – Week #5

    10. Project Almanac – $2,730,000 – Week #3


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