Things were certainly heating up at the box office this past weekend with Fifty Shades Freed brining in over $38 million, officially pushing the franchise over $1 billion globally. However, despite winning the weekend and the impressive milestone, Fifty Shades Freed was still the lowest opening weekend for the franchise with Fifty Shades Darker bringing in $46.6 million last February. Internationally, Freed also did incredibly well, bringing in $98.1 million, making the movie’s worldwide total $136.9 million.
Second place at the box office goes to Sony’s Peter Rabbit, which scored an estimated $25 million – a number that’s sure to make Sony happy considering they had announced $16 million expectations. By Sunday the film had an A- CinemaScore and is expected to do well in the coming weeks due to limited animated competition until Sherlock Gnomes in March. The film features the voices of James Corden, Sia, Margot Robbie and Rose Byrne.
Arriving at the station in third place is Clint Eastwood’s The 15:17 to Paris, the true story about three Americans who discover a terrorist plot aboard a train while in France, brought in around $12.6 million domestically and $5.3 million internationally. Eastwood cast the three actual men who stopped the terrorist attack to play themselves, which was a very unconventional and intriguing move, but the lack of star power may have affected the audience turnout.
With Marvel’s Black Panther on the horizon for next weekend, which is already breaking ticket sale records, all three of these movies should probably be expecting a drop, but with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, Fifty Shades Freed could expect a good week in sales.
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