Audiences were more than curious to check out the big-screen adaptation of the racy phenomenon “Fifty Shades of Grey” this weekend. The erotic R-rated drama sizzled in its debut, earning an estimated $81.7 million from 3,646 theaters in its first three days, distributor Universal Pictures said on Sunday.
After three weeks atop the box office, “The Hobbit” has been taken down by Liam Neeson.
Audiences had their pick of genres during the Christmas weekend, but despite a host of fresh arrivals, splashy holiday fare like “Unbroken” and “Into the Woods” proved no match for “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.”
After three weeks of box office dominance, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1″ ceded its reign to “Exodus: Gods and Kings.” The biblical epic easily ruled the weekend with a $24.5 million debut, according to box office tracker Rentrak’s Sunday estimates.
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ claimed the top spot at the box office for the third weekend in a row with an estimated $21.6 million.
The Fox thriller starring Ben Affleck as a man whose wife goes missing is poised to top the box office for a second week with $26.8 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.
It took a murderous Idris Elba and a pair of dolphin buddies to defeat “Guardians of the Galaxy” at movie theaters.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” continues to rule the box office universe.
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” sliced off $65 million at the weekend box office.
Marvel Studios’ cosmic romp starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista as members of an intergalactic band of rebels earned $94 million in its debut weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.
The fourth installment in filmmaker Michael Bay’s “Transformers” series earned $100 million in North America during its opening weekend, making it the biggest debut for a movie this year, according to studio estimates Sunday.
In a summertime battle of sequels, a pair of kooky cops beat out flying dragons for the top spot at the box office.
Producers of the telecast will hope to build on last year’s 7.24 million viewers — the show’s largest audience in four years — with Hugh Jackman playing the role of host.
Angelina Jolie scared up $69.4 million over the weekend for Disney’s “Maleficent,” trouncing the other new wide-release, Seth MacFarlane’s comic Western “A Million Ways to Die in the West.” The Universal comedy opened with $16.8 million.
The Hollywood summer movie season is set to kick off Friday with a friendly neighbor.