Box Office: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Still on Top With $24 Million

February 21, 2015 - Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey” is still on tip of a U.S. box office, notwithstanding foe from a contingent of new releases and a pointy 72% dump in sheet sales.

Universal’s intrigue play tied adult $8 million on Friday on a approach to acquire $24 million-plus in a second weekend — lifting a 10-day cume to $131 million.

The tumble comes as no warn deliberation how high a film climbed final weekend. “Fifty Shades” pennyless several annals in a entrance (including a biggest Feb opening of all time) over Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day weekend, holding in a whopping $85 million during a domestic box office.

The film, formed on E.L. James’ bestselling amorous trilogy, carries a sincerely medium $40 million prolongation budget. It had already crossed $300 million worldwide by Wednesday.

James is now in discussions with Universal about writing a book for a movie’s sequel herself.

This weekend’s new entries, “The Duff,” “McFarland USA” and “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” were miles divided from “Fifty Shades.”

CBS Films-Lionsgate’s teen comedy “The Duff” led a container of newcomers on Friday with $4.3 million. The pic came in third on Friday, though will many expected finish a weekend in fourth place, with some-more than $11.5 million — surpassing estimates trimming from $7 million to $9 million. The comedy carries a slim $8.5 million budget.

“Parenthood” alum Mae Whitman stars as a high-schooler who decides to reinvent herself when she discovers that her classmates cruise her their “designated nauseous fat friend.”

Meanwhile, Kevin Costner’s latest sports drama, “McFarland USA,” reeled in $3.6 million on Friday for a fifth place finish. Disney’s inspirational film, that stars Costner as a real-life high propagandize cross-country coach, is on lane for only underneath $11 million in a opening weekend. The pic cost $25 million to make.

“Hot Tub Time Machine 2” fared misfortune among a newcomers, alighting in seventh. Paramount/MGM’s supplement launched to $2.3 million on Friday and will giggle a approach to $5.5 million-plus. The R-rated comedy, that cost $14 million to produce, reunites Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke, while adding Adam Scott to a cast. John Cusack opted out of this new installment.

The initial film non-stop to $14 million in 2010 and went on to sum $50.3 million in a U.S.

A span of holdovers — “Kingsman: The Secret Service” and of “SpongeBob SquarePants: Sponge Out of Water” — were in a tighten competition for second place.

Fox’s view thriller “Kingsman” was runner-up on Friday with $5.3 million as it eyed $18 million in a second weekend.

Paramount’s “SpongeBob SquarePants” dripping adult $4 million in a third support and could pull $17.5 million this weekend.

Warner Bros.’ “American Sniper” came in sixth place on a sixth weekend of far-reaching release. The Iraq War play brought in $3.2 million on Friday and will expected acquire $10 million by weekend’s end, for a sum transport of $320 million.

The film is set to pass “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1,” that has grossed $336 million, as a biggest domestic film expelled in 2014.

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