Action and intrigue or zany comedy wasn’t enough to bring down ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ at the box-office this weekend. The Universal Pictures’ film starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan brought-in another $23.2M at the domestic box-office, making it the number-one film once again. Sitting at $130.1M so far in the United States alone, the film is far from a flop; but hasn’t seen the best reviews either.
Second-place at the box-office this weekend, for the second week in a row, was “Kingsman: The Secret Service” from 20th Century Fox. The film stars Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Samuel L. Jackson, surrounding a young-man’s introduction into the British secret service. The film took-in another $17.5M at the box-office across the nation, raising the domestic total to just over $67.1M to date. Nickelodeon’s animated hero can be found in third-place this weekend, “Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out Of Water” from Paramount Pictures saw another $15.5M at the box-office, raising the film’s total to $125.2M domestically.
That leaves two of the three major films that debut this week for the Top Five, and they landed in the fourth and fifth place overall. Disney’s “McFarland, USA” saw an $11.3M weekend, the film stars Kevin Costner, Maria Bello and Ramiro Rodriguez. The story follows a Cross country coach in a small California town, as he transforms a team of athletes into championship contenders.
Wrapping-up the Top Five this weekend at the domestic box-office was Lionsgate’s new teen-comedy “The DUFF,” which saw $11M at the box-office. Despite its cast of trendy stars including Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell and Mae Whitman, the film only barely managed to break the top-five during debut week. The film follows a high school senior after she learns that she has been labeled the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier more popular friends.
Honorable mentions this week go to ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” also from Paramount Pictures. The follow-up comedy film debuted this week to a lower-than-expected $5.8M domestic total. The comedy stars Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke. The film landed at number seven overall.