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February 11, 2018

Box Office Roundup: ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Debuts On Top

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Written by: Peter Towe
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Like its predecessors, the third film in the hit Shade series Fifty Shades Freed has debuted number one at the box office with an estimated $38.8 million.  The final film in the trilogy was able to hold off fellow newcomers Peter Rabbit and The 15:17 to Paris.  Freed earned an estimated $98 million overseas for a weekend debut of $139 million total worldwide.

For comparison, 2015’s Fifty shades opened with $85 million domestically and 2017’s Fifty Shades Darker opened with a $45 million weekend.  While Freed earned less than its two predecessors, the franchise has crossed the $1 billion mark worldwide.

Peter Rabbit finished second with a domestic estimate of $25 million.  The new Sony animated film is the 80th best all-time February opening weekend, finishing a mere $4,500 behind 2014’s Robocop remake which sits uncomfortably at 79.  Rabbit opened in 3,768 theaters, which is the fifth largest per-screen-February-opening of all time.

Third place finisher The 15:17 to Paris opened with an estimated $12.6 million.  The Clint Eastwood film is the director’s sixth largest grossing opening weekend of all-time.  Sounds unbelievable but a film like American Sniper which grossed $350 million domestically and $547.4 million worldwide opened in only four theaters back in 2014.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle added another $9.8 million for a domestic total of $365 million.  The film was released 54 days ago, still occupies a top five position and has earned more than $881 million.  I think it’s safe to say, the film has been a huge disappointment.

The Greatest Showman has shown great resilience and rounds out our weekend top five with an estimated $6.4 million.  The musical sits at $146 million, and is the sixth highest grossing musicals of all-time.

Here’s the top five weekend box office estimates via Collider:

Title Weekend Domestic BO Total Domestic BO
1. ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ $38,806,000 $38,806,000
2. ’Peter Rabbit’ $25,000,000 $25,000,000
3. ‘The 15:17 to Paris’ $12,600,000 $12,600,000
4. ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ $9,825,000 $365,656,871
5. ‘The Greatest Showman’ $6,400,000 $146,535,870

About the Author

Peter Towe
Peter Towe
A graduate of UMASS Boston, I have successfully put off getting a "real" job, and continue to watch, produce, review, and obsess over movies. I lived in Boston while I completed my degree, and now live in Chicago trying the improv thing.


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