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With Fifty Shades Freed, the Franchise Crosses $1 Billion

With Fifty Shades Freed, the Franchise Crosses $1 Billion

Fifty Shades of Grey opened to a shocking $85.2 million in 2015, and the sequel, Fifty Shades Darker, brought home a little more than half that with $46.6 million in its first weekend a year ago.

Starring Hugh Jackman as the colorful P.T. Barnum who founded the Barnum & Bailey circus in the 1800s, it's earned $146.5 million domestically and $314.2 million globally.

And fans turned out for Fifty Shades Freed to see how the passionate love story between kinky billionaire Christian Grey, played by Jamie Dornan, and Dakota Johnson's naive Anastasia Steele played out.

Indeed, younger female audience members were the driving force in pushing the three Fifty Shades films to their current collective worldwide total of US$1.09 billion.

"We obviously expect to have a very big bump on Valentine's Day", said Orr.

Amitabh Bachchan's sarcastic response to paps after hospital visit
Notably, Bachchan underwent an abdominal surgery in Feb'12 at Seven Hills Hospital after which he was admitted for 12 days. Explaining the reason behind it, Big B has penned down a poem and posted the original and a translated version on his blog.

"Fifty Shades Freed" (Universal Pictures), which did not delight critics, opened to ticket sales of roughly $38.8 million. But ticket sales for the final movie adaptation were solid, declining only 16 percent from initial results for its series predecessor, "Fifty Shades Darker", a year ago. Will Gluck directed the movie, which has garnered mixed reviews but a respectable A-minus CinemaScore.

And Clint Eastwood's terrorism movie The 15:17 to Paris got disgusting reviews by critics, taking in just $12.6 million on the weekend.

The latest directorial effort by Clint Eastwood tells the real-life story of three Americans who thwarted the 2015 Thalys train attack by subduing a gunman. The film notably stars non-actors Stone, Sadler, and Skarlatos as themselves. Its overseas total from opening day alone was $25 million, including Wednesday night previews in some countries-and as the film launched in 57 more global markets over the weekend, it added about $100 million to the franchise's grand total of about $1.09 billion.

"The 15:17 to Paris" follows a handful of Eastwood-directed hits about homegrown heroism, including "Sully" and "American Sniper".

Next week, Disney opens the highly anticipated "Black Panther", Lionsgate debuts the animated "Early Man" and Pure Flix premieres the drama "Samson".


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