Not even a week since it has been released, Universal Focus Features’ BDSM romance drama Fifty Shades of Grey has eclipsed $300M worldwide. The feature adaptation of E.L. James 100M bestselling novel has hit $102.7M at the domestic B.O. with another $209M overseas raising its global haul to $311.7M.
With its $85.2 million three-day opening and $93 million four-day opening in North America, Fifty Shades owns the best opening record of all-time for a February and Presidents Day holiday release. The film, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, is the widest R release ever at 3,646 engagements, the top grossing R-rated opening ever for Universal and the third highest domestic bow for the studio behind Fast & Furious 6 ($97.4M) and Fast Five ($86.19M). Fifty Shades of Grey bowed in the top spot in 54 territories, hitting all-time opening records in Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Paraguay, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Ukraine, Uruguay and Venezuela. With a foreign bow of $173.6M, it’s the biggest R-rated (or overseas equivalent) opening abroad of all-time, outstripping The Matrix Revolutions ($117M). In 35 territories, it’s also Universal’s biggest bow of all time.
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