The fanbase that propelled the novel to become the bestselling book of all time, plus the rest of us who were just curious to see how they pulled it off (so to speak), led the film to earn almost $100 million in its opening weekend when it arrived in 2015.
Peter Rabbit opened to tepid reviews from film critics and took in a middling $25 million across the US this week.
North Korea Proposes Inter-Korean Leaders Summit
Hundreds of protestors gathered in Seoul on Sunday to vent their anger at what they called the "Pyongyang Games". The Games have triggered rapid reconciliation between the two Koreas, who are still technically at war.
Freed's bow will come in below those of its predecessors: Fifty Shades Darker opened to $46.6 million a year ago, and Fifty Shades of Grey opened to a whopping $85.2 million in 2015. The film received largely negative reviews from critics but a so-so B-plus CinemaScore from moviegoers. Last year's follow-up, "Fifty Shades Darker", debuted to $47.6 million and eventually collected $381 million worldwide.
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. In a pattern set by recent trilogies including "The Maze Runner" and "Pitch Perfect", "Fifty Shades Freed" opened lower than its predecessor though Universal anticipates that the film will continue to play strongly throughout the week, particularly on Valentine's Day this Wednesday. Will Gluck directed the movie, which has garnered mixed reviews but a respectable A-minus CinemaScore.
Japan anxious Korean thaw will melt united front against Pyongyang
A senior White House official described Pence's tact as ignoring the North Koreans, but not avoiding them. The idea is, there will be no progress on negotiations without first seeing progress on denuclearization.
Another new entry makes its debut at number 3 in the shape of the Clint Eastwood directed The 15:17 To Paris which grosses $12.6 million. It earned a B- on CinemaScore and a 20% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The first film in the series, 2015's "Fifty Shades of Grey", brought in a massive 85 million dollars in its opening weekend and grossed more than 166 million dollars in North America and 571 million worldwide in total against a budget of only 40 million dollars.
"Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle", last weekend's victor, slips to #4.
NBC apologizes to Koreans for Japan comment
It didn't take long before an online petition was started, which was signed by 12,500 people by Sunday evening. Ramo made the comment after noting that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was in attendance.
Next week, Disney opens the highly anticipated "Black Panther", Lionsgate debuts the animated "Early Man" and Pure Flix premieres the drama "Samson".