"Fifty Shades Freed" dominates North American box office

"Fifty Shades Freed

As audiences soon discovered, though, the sex scenes weren't all that steamy, and film's two (otherwise very talented!) leads had little chemistry as they recited its laughably bad dialogue-so the next two movies in the series weren't quite as strong at the box office.

In the epitome of a predictable outcome, "Fifty Shades Freed" earns #1 at the USA weekend box office. The trilogy reportedly cost a combined $150 million to produce, and on it Friday crossed the $1 billion mark worldwide.

Fifty Shades Freed features returning stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Marcia Gay Harden, Eric Johnson, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Callum Keith Rennie, Bruce Altman, and Robinne Lee, alongside newcomers Arielle Kebbel and Brant Daugherty.

Fifty Shades Freed whipped up US$137 million (NZ$189 million) internationally over the weekend, topping the North American market with US$38.8 million. Directed by Will Gluck, "Peter Rabbit" is based on the stories of the character of the same name created by Beatrix Potter.


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.

Based on the true story of three Americans - Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos - who helped thwart a terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train, the film comes as the third installment of director Clint Eastwood's unofficial trilogy about modern-day heroism, following Sully and American Sniper.

Reviews for 15:17 have been poor, and moviegoers gave it a B-minus CinemaScore. 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.

Sony's action adventure comedy film "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" dropped to fourth place with an estimated 9.82 million dollars in its eighth weekend, taking in an impressive 365.7 million dollars in North America to date. Check out the February 9-11 figures below.

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