Universal Pictures has released the first teaser-trailer for “Fifty Shades Freed,” the upcoming third installment to the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise. Returning once again to their roles are Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, along with a few new faces. The film will release in February, instep with the previous releases in the franchise. This installment was directed by James Foley, who also directed the sequel, which was titled “Fifty Shades Darker”. The original film was directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson.
The films are based on the best-selling series by E.L. James, you can pick-up the trilogy on the cheap before the film catches up in the story, as many prefer the novel over the films ($19 at Amazon). Niall Leonard wrote the screenplay for this installment, which also features Tyler Hoechlin, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, and Arielle Kebbel.
The franchise has been a runaway hit for Universal since the first film premiered in 2015. The first “Fifty Shades of Grey” released on Valentine’s Day weekend with an $85M opening across 3,646 locations. ‘Fifty Shades 1’ then went on to make over $166M domestically, and over $571M worldwide. “Fifty Shades Darker” failed to open at number-one in 2017, despite making over $46M opening weekend. Warner Bros. Pictures took the top-spot that weekend with “The LEGO Batman Movie,” which became a franchise favorite and runaway hit for weeks. Adult audiences were also split that weekend due to the release of “John Wick: Chapter Two” by Lionsgate. Despite the troubles and the mixed reviews, the sequel did manage to gross over $114M for the studio domestically, and over $378M worldwide. Fans of the franchise can watch the first teaser below from Universal Pictures, the studio will release a few more clips and trailers for the project over the next few months as we get closer to the premerie day.
If you need to set a reminder, “Fifty Shades Freed” will hit theaters domestically on February 9, 2018. The film will open against Sony’s “Peter Rabbit” film, just one week before Marvel’s “Black Panther” dominates the box-office.