Fifty Shades Darker scores the top position with $6m in first week

Fifty Shades Darker, part two in the Fifty Shades series, surged to the top of the weekend box office to take more than $6 million, according Motion Picture Distributors of Australia (MPA).

Fifty Shades Darker, the adaption from the book series E.L. James, debuted last Friday and has some work to do if it’s to match the first film Fifty Shades Of Grey, which earned over $17 million in its first 10 days of its release.

Lion continued its strong run in second spot at the weekend box office, albeit $3.7 million behind Fifty Shades Darker at $2.4 million. Lion has taken a total box office of $19.8 million since its release.

Split came in at number three with $1.6 million in the weekend box office to a total of $9.5 million since its release.

The film is a psychological thriller about Kevin Crumb, played by James McAvoy, who kidnaps three young women and plots to kill them. McAvoy’s character has a severe dissociative identity disorder where he manifests 23 different personalities, which has attracted criticism for its portrayal of mental illness.

Patriots Day, starring Mark Wahlberg, brought in just over $700,000 at the weekend box office. It tells the story of the 2013 Boston marathon bombing and the manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers.

Coming in at number five was La La Land, with a taking of $512,000 at the weekend box office to make $17.7 million in total. La La Land also won five BAFTAs including best actress for Emma Stone and best cinematography.

Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O
Fifty Shades Darker (Universal) $6,164,803 612 $7,575,640
Lion (Transmission) $2,445,430 280 $19,823,932
Split (Universal) $1,614,867 233 $9,570,652
Patriots Day (Roadshow) $719,191 241 $2,427,750
La La Land (Eone) $512,849 274 $17,777,771
Manchester By The Sea (Universal) $411,235 57 $1,329,698
Xxx 3: The Return Of Xander Cage (Paramount) $387,231 200 $7,115,814
Moana (Disney) $370,489 170 $25,498,954
Fences (Paramount) $317,638 62 $403,500
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (Sony) $288,554 171 $2,802,256
Sing (Universal) $237,575 183 $28,452,679
Ballerina (Studiocanal) $223,551 157 $4,418,592
Gold (Studiocanal) $169,509 190 $792,564
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Disney) $164,199 82 $50,896,130
Monster Trucks (Paramount) $160,023 127 $4,945,373
S3 (Southern Star) $146,306 17 $148,813
Why Him? (Fox) $131,842 32 $11,060,695
Perfect Strangers (Palace) $125,003 25 $936,812
Moonlight (Roadshow) $116,501 26 $750,463
Jackie (Eone) $116,456 101 $2,209,396

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