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FIFTY SHADES Frees Jumanji Of Top Box Office Spot

FIFTY SHADES Frees Jumanji Of Top Box Office Spot

Terrifying critics the world over that they would have to endure another painful episode of the Fifty Shades franchise, the final chapter, Fifty Shades Freed, debuted to a decent $38 million at the North American box office this weekend, with another $98 million abroad. This means the franchise has brought in over $1 billion total. We are doomed.

This ended the mostly unbroken dominance of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at the box office since its debut around Christmas last time. The movie dropped to fourth, but is still impressing with only a 10% dip in revenues in the eighth week of release. Those legs are better than Titanic’s. This brings the Sony movie to $365 million domestically which, combined with another $7.5 million abroad, pushes the total cume for the movie at $880 million worldwide.  The billion seems out of reach, but it should have no problem getting to $950 million.

Meanwhile, two new releases this weekend placed and showed at the box office. The cartoon Peter Rabbit made $25 million domestically, and will begin its international run in the coming weeks. Clint Eastwood’s 15:17 to Paris came in third, with $12.6 million, and another $5.3 million abroad.

Rounding out the top five was the Oscar-nominated musical The Greatest Showman, which had a small drop of only 16%, as impressive as Jumanji’s. The movie has not left the fop five since it premiere late last year, and has pushed its totals to $146.5 million with the $6.4 million it made this weekend.

Oscar movies continued their solid run outside the top five, with Spielberg’s The Post adding another $3.5 million to its total, for $72.8 million domestic now, and Del Toro’s DGA-winning The Shape of Water at $49.7 million after another $3 million weekend. Other contenders like Three Billboards, Darkest Hour, and I, Tonya were right outside the top ten.

Of course, Fifty Shades’ position at the box office will be short-lived, as this weekend sees the release of the highly-anticipated Black Panther

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J. Don Birnam

J. Don Birnam, the pseudonym of a New York City-based writer, is a voting member of the New York Film Critics Online and has been a movie lover since he saw the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in theaters at a tender age. JDB has been a devoted student of American film history every since. His favorite films range from Back to the Future to West Side Story, depending on the time of day, and has a mildly unhealthy obsessions with the Academy Awards. Any similarity with the slightly unstable writer in the seminal 1944 film 'The Lost Weekend' is pure coincidence

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