Report includes Monday updates
Fifty Shades Of Grey‘s grasp on international audiences remains tight with the erotic love story coming in No. 1 for the 3rd consecutive weekend, per Universal and industry estimates. Adding $34.3M in 59 territorires, the bondage bonanza dropped about 43% and now has a total of $337M in offshore play. That takes it past the overseas lifetime of Universal’s highest-grossing original R-rated comedy, Ted, which topped out at $332.4M. It also makes it the studio’s biggest R-rated film of all time internationally.
Combined with the estimated domestic cume of $147.39M, the worldwide total on Fifty Shades is $484.39M — as the film breathlessly makes its way to $500M later this week.
The only new date for Ana and Christian this frame was Korea where they debuted at No. 4 with $1.8M on 512 screens. The film was not expected to do gangbusters business in Korea where the book was not a best-seller, but the result is healthy after word of mouth from the rest of the world helped build the curiosity factor.
Holdovers are solid and the film is No. 1 in more than 30 territories for the third consecutive week. In notable holdovers, Fifty Shades tied up the No. 1 slot for the 3rd frame in a row in Germany ($33.2M cume) and Spain ($19.2M), where it held N0. 1 against Fox International bow Kingsman: The Secret Service. The top foreign market remains the UK at $46.6M.
More international box office to come…