Wednesday, February 14, 2018

'Fifty Shades Freed' tops the box office for Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day!  Three years ago, "Fifty Shades of Grey" topped the Valentine's weekend box office.  This year, the climax of the trilogy, "Fifty Shades Freed," whipped its competition at the box office, an estimated $38.8 million.  That's not all.  Newsy reports Fifty Shades' franchise passes $1 billion.

Between the "Fifty Shades of Grey" premiere and the highly anticipated (if disappointing) climax this weekend, the franchise has made $1 billion.
It beats last year's results, when "Lego Batman" spanked "Fifty Shaders Darker."

As I noted about both the first installment and the second, the songs are the strongest part of this movie.  The one I could find with the most views, Liam Payne, Rita Ora - For You (Fifty Shades Freed) has as many views as the dollars earned by the movie in North America during the opening weekend, 35.5 million.

I expect at least one Grammy nomination for Best Compilation Album, if not for one of its songs.  (ETA: I also expect this film to be nominated for at least one Razzie, like "Fifty Shades Darker" was this year.)

I mentioned "Fifty Shades Darker" being beaten by a superhero movie last year.  That's going to happen this weekend, as SyFy Wire reports Black Panther: The album expected to top charts, film eyeing $170 million opening.  Wow!  Stay tuned to see if both of those predictions come to pass.

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