Fifty Shades of Grey dominates weekend box office taking in over $10m

Fifty Shades of Grey dominated the Valentine’s Day weekend, pulling in a staggering $10.437m across 523 screens, the biggest opening of the year so far, while the anticipated box office debut of The Interview failed to draw a big crowd.

The film, based on the book by EL James, has not been without controversy, with a number of anti-domestic violence groups and celebrities condemning the storyline for glamourising an abusive relationship.

It thrashed its nearest rival Kingsman: The Secret Service, making more money in one weekend than it has made since its premiere last weekend. Kingsman made $2.967m across 359 screens, taking its total Australian box office total to $8.626m.

American Sniper, the other film to pass $1m in ticket takings, grabbed $1.226m across 306 screens. The film has made a total of $16.329m at the local box office.

However, James Franco and Seth Rogan’s The Interview failed to bring in ticket sales in its opening weekend, only managing $553,442 across 186 screens.

That film was originally released on YouTube in December after threats from North Korea, and an incident where Sony Pictures had its database hacked and saw sensitive emails leaked online by the Guardians of Peace Group, who then threatened terrorist action against movie theatres which played it.

Australian movie Paper Planes missed out on the top five after taking in $370,985 across 228 screens, but to date the film has made $8.219m.

Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O
Fifty Shades Of Grey (Universal) $10,437,535 523 $10,437,535
Kingsman: The Secret Service (Fox) $2,967,780 359 $8,626,610
American Sniper (Roadshow) $1,226,862 306 $16,329,473
The Theory Of Everything (Universal) $662,072 214 $4,135,969
The Interview (Sony) $553,442 186 $606,540
Paper Planes (Roadshow) $370,985 228 $8,219,697
The Imitation Game (Roadshow) $367,612 176 $17,088,742
Selma (Studiocanal) $327,362 108 $462,453
What We Did On Our Holiday (Paramount) $271,060 64 $350,132
The Wedding Ringer (Sony) $175,758 82 $2,946,137
Still Alice (Icon) $165,798 77 $1,065,695
The Gambler (Paramount) $147,483 176 $776,710
Birdman (Fox) $145,950 113 $5,112,986
Wild (Fox) $123,595 128 $2,639,457
The Water Diviner (Universal) $117,790 0 $15,560,636
Big Hero 6 (Disney) $103,289 103 $21,545,060
Somewhere Only We Know (Chinalion Film) $90,011 14 $90,011
Penguins Of Madagascar (Fox) $65,032 106 $15,465,513
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (Wb) $64,801 25 $34,749,336
Unbroken (Universal) $64,153 81 $6,029,872

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