With Valentine’s Day finally over all eyes turn to President’s Day weekend to see which studio will emerge victorious for the popular release window. This weekend’s domestic box-office went to Universal Pictures’ “Fifty Shades Of Grey,” the expected winner and the new President’s-Day Weekend record breaker.
In the end “Fifty Shades Of Grey” took-in $81.7M at the domestic box-office over the extended weekend, opening at an estimated 3,646 locations across the United States. The film follows a young literature student, Anastasia Steele, after her life changes forever since meeting handsome, yet tormented, billionaire Christian Grey. The film was directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, working off a screenplay written by Kelly Marcel and based off the extremely popular trilogy written by E.L. James. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan star in the film-adaptation.
Taking second-place overall this weekend was “Kingsman: The Secret Service” from 20th Century Fox. The film stars Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Samuel L. Jackson. The story follows the recruitment of a young spy to the British secret service, who is immediately sent into the field to battle a terrorist plot. Matthew Vaughn directed the film, working on a screenplay he co-wrote with Jane Goldman. The film brought in just over $35.6M, it was the second largest debut this weekend after ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and the film should produce a popular franchise.
“Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out Of Water” from Paramount Pictures earned an additional $30.5M this weekend, taking third-place overall. The animated film had quite a successful follow-up run since it debuted earlier this month, with the third-place ranking the the film’s domestic total now sits at $93.7M to-date.
Fourth-place went to “American Sniper” from Warner Bros. Pictures with $16.4M, the film did manage to break the $300M mark this weekend domestically, now sitting at $304.1M overall.
In fifth-place this weekend was Warner Bros. Pictures sci-fi epic “Jupiter Ascending,” the film earned an additional $9.43M to reach $32.6M to-date.