Fifty Shades of Grey has made box office history in its debut.
The romantic drama, which stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, pocketed just under $81.7 million over Valentine’s Day weekend in US theaters. It also took in $158 million internationally, which brings its debut total to $239 million. According to Fox News, Fifty Shades of Grey broke records by being the highest grossing film to debut over Presidents Day weekend. It is also amongst the top earners of any R-rated movies in all of box office history, having been played at 3,646 theaters in its wide release. Director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Fifty Shades of Grey, which is based on E.L. James’ erotic novel, was made with an estimated production budget of $40 million. The film has been grabbing headlines for its highly sexual scenes and it’s even been banned from screening in some countries.
Kingsman: The Secret Service took second place in its debut, with gross profits of $35.6 million. The action adventure comedy stars Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Taron Egerton and Michael Caine. Kingsman: The Secret Service centers on a smart street kid who gets recruited into a prestigious spy training program just as a dangerous technological genius heats up a serious world threat. Matthew Vaughn helmed the picture with a production budget of $81 million.
In third this week is The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, which took in $30.5 million.
The animated adventure comedy was number one in its debut last week with earnings $56 million at theaters and it’s now made just under $140 million worldwide. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is the stand-alone sequel to 2004 release, The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie. Both features are based on the Nickelodeon series SpongeBob Squarepants, a cartoon created by Stephen Hillenburg which first started broadcasting in 1999.
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