Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel topples Fifty Shades of Grey in opening weekend

Fifty Shades of Grey was finally knocked off the top of the box office charts this weekend as the Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel more than doubled its takings on its opening weekend.

The star studded sequel starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel took $4.081m in its first weekend on 417 screens, whilst Fifty Shade of Grey mustered just $1.954m on 426 screens, taking its total box office so far north of the $20m mark.

Kingsman: The Secret Service took in $1.512m on 312 screens pushing its total takings to $14m, whilst Jupiter Ascending took $1.073m on 385 screens on its second weekend.

Last week’s Oscar winners failed to capitalise on their success, with Best Picture Birdman getting $204,117 on 122 screens, and The Theory if Everything taking $330,716.

The other notable new release Project Almanac, about a group of teenagers who find a plan to build a time machine, managed $706,000 on 206 screens.

Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox) $4,079,656 417 $4,081,276
Fifty Shades Of Grey (Universal) $1,954,810 426 $20,503,435
Kingsman: The Secret Service (Fox) $1,562,912 312 $14,114,942
Jupiter Ascending (Roadshow) $1,073,434 385 $3,698,925
Project Almanac (Paramount) $701,077 206 $706,385
American Sniper (Roadshow) $539,791 250 $18,485,153
The Theory Of Everything (Universal) $330,716 0 $5,419,894
Paper Planes (Roadshow) $236,498 182 $8,903,497
Birdman (Fox) $204,117 122 $5,644,024
Still Alice (Icon) $186,464 113 $1,680,232
What We Did On Our Holiday (Paramount) $145,909 72 $997,496
The Imitation Game (Roadshow) $145,434 115 $17,943,759
Selma (Studiocanal) $138,162 106 $1,142,995
Most Violent Year, A (Roadshow) $93,428 33 $95,814
Big Hero 6 (Disney) $80,037 123 $21,744,511
The Interview (Sony) $60,421 81 $1,197,278
Penguins Of Madagascar (Fox) $51,088 124 $15,591,528
Zhong Kui: Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal (Roadshow) $46,270 14 $46,270
Ode To My Father (Dreamwest Pictures) $45,629 9 $237,497
The Wedding Ringer (Sony) $41,510 30 $3,162,394

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