Universal Pictures unleashed the third and final chapter of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy into cinemas around the globe this weekend, with the Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan-headlined erotic drama Fifty Shades Freed whipping up a $137 million opening worldwide.
The film, directed by Fifty Shades Darker helmer James Foley, grossed $38.8 million domestically (down from the $85.1 million debut of Fifty Shades of Grey in 2015 and the $46.6 million opening weekend of last year’s Fifty Shades Darker). Internationally, it added a further $98.1 million from international markets.
The Fifty Shades of Grey franchise has now earned $1.089 billion worldwide, and is expected to top out at aruond $1.25 billion. Not bad for a combined budget of $150 million…
Believing they have left behind shadowy figures from their past, newlyweds Christian and Ana fully embrace an inextricable connection and shared life of luxury. But just as she steps into her role as Mrs. Grey and he relaxes into an unfamiliar stability, new threats could jeopardize their happy ending before it even begins.
Fifty Shades Freed features returning stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Marcia Gay Harden, Eric Johnson, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Callum Keith Rennie, Bruce Altman, and Robinne Lee, alongside newcomers Arielle Kebbel and Brant Daugherty.