Box Office: ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Came with $137-M Global Open
$CMCSA, $TWX, $SNE
‘Peter Rabbit’ opens to $25-M in US, Clint Eastwood’s ‘The 15:17 to Paris’ debuts to $12.6-M critics blocked the tracks.
Universal’s Fifty Shades Freed grossed $136.9-M driving franchise past the $1-B mark in global box-office ticket sales go become 1 of the most profitable series in the studio’s history.
In North America, Fifty Shades Freed dominated coming # 1 with $38.8-M, the Top opening YTD, it came in less than 17% behind Fifty Shades Darker.
Overseas, Fifty Shades Freed spanked with $98.1-M from 57 markets, including a 1st-place finish in 54 of them
The franchise has been enormously profitable for Universal, a unit of Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) considering the trio of titles cost a combined $150-M to produce before marketing.
Females made up roughly 75% of the North American audience for Fifty Shades Freed.
The weekend’s other 2 nationwide entries were the family film Peter Rabbit and Clint Eastwood’s terrorist drama The 15:17 to Paris.
A CGI/live-action hybrid, Sony’s (NYSE:SNE) Peter Rabbit came in # 2 with $25-M from 3,725 theaters. The pic, from Sony Pictures Animation, earned an A- CinemaScore from moviegoers.
Director Clint Eastwood returned to the marquee with 15:17 to Paris, a recounting of the true story of 3 Americans who helped thwart an attack on a French train in 2016. Village Roadshow Entertainment and Warner Bros. partnered on the film, which took $12.6-M from 3,042 theaters
Audiences gave the movie a B-. The movie skewed notably older, Friday, 57% of ticket buyers were over the age of 50. It played best in markets with military bases.
Director Eastwood cast the 3 real-life heroes, Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler as his film’s stars.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and The Greatest Showman rounded out the Top 5 with an estimated $10-M and $6.4-M, respectively.
Jumanji has now earned $881.8-M globally, becoming the # 3 Sony title of all time behind Spectre and Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Have some fun, see a movie this week.
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