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'Fifty Shades Freed' tops the North American box office with $38.8M

When will Fifty Shades Freed be on Amazon Video, DVD/Blu-ray? Weekend Box Office: Fifty Shades Freed Debuts to a Franchise Low
Faye Gross | 15 February, 2018, 08:05

Reviews slated the climactic film as the worst entry in a awful franchise, but the wild success of each Fifty Shades movie has proven that - like the Transformers movies - they're critic-proof. As this weekend's box office shows, being the third book in a series is usually not a great place to be.

Universal Pictures estimated that the final chapter in the Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele saga earned US$38.8 million over the weekend - down significantly from the first film's US$85.2 million debut and even the sequel's US$46.6 million opening, but enough to bump the three-film franchise over US$1 billion globally. As indicated earlier, that is the lowest debut in the series, illustrating it's ending at just the right time. It's in line with the performance for Fifty Shades Darker, which saw Germany as the top territory with $32.6 million. Despite Freed failing to mach the marks of its predecessors, it doesn't mean it's a commercial failure.

In the weeks to come, Peter Rabbit hopes to entice tots too small to turn out for Black Panther - opening in theaters February 16, the beginning of the long Presidents Day weekend - and other fare. China is the top market with $76.1 million, followed by the United Kingdom with $49 million.

Freed managed to beat out its fellow new arrivals. The family comedy, which stars Rose Byrne and Domhnall Gleeson and features the voice of James Corden as the titular talking animal, lands in the second place with a strong $25 million. This isn't a good film, the romance is tepid at best, the actors have little chemistry, and the sexy stuff is not actually sexy. Peter Rabbit received an A- score from audiences, according to Cinemascore, while The 15:17 to Paris only earned a B- average among ticket buyers.

When will Fifty Shades Freed be on Amazon Video, DVD/Blu-ray?
Weekend box office: Fifty Shades Freed dominates Peter Rabbit for the top spot

Clint Eastwood's thriller The 15:17 to Paris from Warner Bros. arrived above forecasts at US$12.6 million at 3,042 venues for the weekend.

Finally, the tenth spot in this week's box-office countdown belongs to Den of Thieves, which brought in $2.9 million, giving it a $41 million total for four weeks. The film earned mostly negative reviews, with some feeling the decision to cast the actual heroes of the film's event was the wrong move.

The weekend's other new releases, Peter Rabbit and The 15:17 to Paris, performed about as expected and finishing in second and third place, respectively.

Oscar movies continued their solid run outside the top five, with Spielberg's The Post adding another $3.5 million to its total, for $72.8 million domestic now, and Del Toro's DGA-winning The Shape of Water at $49.7 million after another $3 million weekend.

Facebook to post first-ever decline among young users in the US
It reigns supreme among social networks in the United States and is expected to reach 169.5 million users this year. This is also the first time eMarketer predicted a decline in the number of US Facebook users in those age groups.


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