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Monday, February 16, 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey quickly shatters records

No one really knew what to expect from the release of Fifty Shades of Grey this weekend, but the film adaptation of the erotic novel has surprised many and in three days has shattered box office records.

Not only has it already grossed $239.7 million at the international box office (and still climbing), it managed to bring in $81 million just in the United States. The film has more than made up its $40 million budget and it has been said that films for "Fifty Shades Darker" and "Fifty Shades Freed" are most likely happening.

Want some more records?
  • Biggest President's/Valentine's Day opener (previously was Valentine's Day with $56.3 million)
  • Second highest film from a female director (first place still belongs to The Matrix Reloaded from the Wachowski's)
  • Highest number of theater screenings with 3,646 locations (previously was The Hangover: Part II with 3,615)
  • Biggest single-day February opening with $36.7 million (previously was Passion of the Christ with $33.1 million)
  • Second biggest February debut (first place still belongs to Passion of the Christ with $83.9 million)
  • Fourth biggest R-rated opening (still got beat by The Matrix Reloaded, The Hangover: Part II, and Passion of the Christ... no pun intended)
  • Universal's second biggest international opening with $158 million (first still belongs to Fast & Furious 6 with $160.3 million)
  • Biggest R-rated international release (previously was The Matrix Revolutions with $117 million)

I have yet to see Fifty Shades of Grey, but reviews of the film so far have been a mixed bag. It's pretty much a hit with fans and there are some critics out there that have given it some positivity, but it's received an overwhelmingly negative reactive from most film critics. The basics that I have gotten is it's watered down and sappy because they turned it into a love story. Also that Dakota Johnson is by far the best part of the movie and Jamie Dornan struggled and was flat.

With all that said, the box office alone proves that a lot of people were curious. I have no doubt we'll have more Fifty Shades in 2016 and 2017. 

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