Newcomers to the US and Canadian charts, Fifty Shades Freed, Peter Rabbit and The 15:17 to Paris, injected some fresh air into a market that has been dominated for weeks by Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, The Greatest Showman and several Oscar-nominated films.
However, they are only setting the stage for Black Panther, which opens next week. “Fifty Shades Freed” tied for first place at the box office.
Universal Pictures estimated Sunday that the final chapter of the Christian Gray and Anastasia Steele saga earned $ 38.8 million during its opening weekend, which is significantly less than the debut of the first film at $ 85.2 million and of the sequel, at $ 46.6 million, but enough for the three-film franchise to exceed $ 1 billion internationally.
Once again, the majority of the audience on opening weekend (75%) was made up of women. The heated romance outplayed other new entrants such as “Peter Rabbit,” voiced by James Corden, and “The 15:17 to Paris,” by Clint Eastwood.
“Peter Rabbit” jumped to second place with $ 25 million and “The 15:17 to Paris” came in third with $ 12.6 million.
“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” fell to fourth place with $ 9.8 million and “The Greatest Showman” came in fifth with $ 6.4 million.