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With Fifty Shades Freed, the Franchise Crosses $1 Billion

With Fifty Shades Freed, the Franchise Crosses $1 Billion

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. The film received largely negative reviews from critics but a so-so B-plus CinemaScore from moviegoers. While the figure trails the $46.6 million attained by "Fifty Shades Darker", it is still enough for a comfortable #1 bow on this week's chart.

"We are exhilarated with the results", said Jim Orr of the franchise's distributor, Universal Pictures. After accepting entrepreneur CEO Christian Grey's proposal in Fifty Shades Darker, Anastasia Steele must adjust not only to married life but to her new husband's wealthy lifestyle and controlling nature. "'Fifty Shades Darker' past year on Valentine's Day was up about 180% over one day".

A modern-day computer-animated/live-action take on the Beatrix Potter character, estimated to have cost $50 million, the film stars James Corden as the voice of a mischievous bunny at war with his neighbor. Will Gluck directed the movie, which has garnered mixed reviews but a respectable A-minus CinemaScore.

In third place, ' "The 15:17 to Paris" earned $12.6 million in its first weekend, at the high end of the expected $10-million to $12-million range analysts projected. The film notably stars non-actors Stone, Sadler, and Skarlatos as themselves. It earned a B- on CinemaScore and a 20% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 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 worldwide markets over the weekend, it added about $100 million to the franchise's grand total of about $1.09 billion.




Clint Eastwood had a tougher weekend with "The 15:17 to Paris".

Two films that just won't quit rounded out the top five over the weekend: "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" fell to fourth place with $9.8 million and "The Greatest Showman" took fifth with $6.4 million.

After debuting last week in third place, Lionsgate's "Winchester" dropped to the seventh spot this weekend, adding $5 million to its $17.1 million gross.


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