It was a good news/bad news kind of weekend for Fifty Shades of Grey. The R-rated drama managed to maintain its dominant stance on top of the box office charts with $23.2 million, easily holding off the weekend’s newcomers, but it suffered a tremendous drop from last weekend’s $85.1 million opening. That’s down a hefty 73% and doesn’t exactly spell success in terms of long legs at the domestic box office, but when counting in its gigantic $280.5 million international total, the film has now grossed over $400 million worldwide.
Elsewhere, the spectacular Kingsman: The Secret Service remained in second place overall, falling 52% to a $17.5 million take, bringing its domestic total to a respectable $67.1 million. That’s solid, especially for an R-rated actioner. Say what you will about Fifty Shades’ box office success, but it’s kind of neat to see two R-rated movies taking the top spots for two weekends in a row. It’s further proof that, despite Hollywood’s tendency towards four-quadrant tentpoles, adults are still turning out for adult-centric films.
That being said, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water still took the third place spot with $15.5 million, while the Disney’s sports drama McFarland, USA narrowly took the fourth slot with $11.3 million, edging out the well-received comedy The DUFF, which exceeded expectations with $11 million.
It was bad news only for the comedy sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2, which managed a mere $5.8 million for the weekend after suffering brutal reviews. Audiences didn’t seem to take to the film any better, as it received a C- Cinemascore. The silver lining is that it only cost $14 million to make, but still, that’s a mighty low opening weekend performance.
In specialty box office, Argentina’s Best Foreign Language Oscar nominee Wild Tales picked up a swell $85,131 from four theaters in New York and Los Angeles, riding a wave of buzz for the anthology dark comedy.
Check out the full Top 10 below.
|1.||Fifty Shades of Grey||$23,246,000||$130,148,000|
|2.||Kingsman: The Secret Service||$17,525,000||$67,106,000|
|3.||The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water||$15,500,000||$125,172,000|
|7||Hot Tub Time Machine 2||$5,800,000||$5,800,000|
|9.||The Imitation Game||$2,565,000||$83,921,000|