'Fifty Shades Freed' tops box office with $38.8 million

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It pulled in $38.8 million to top the weekend box office, less than the first two films in the franchise, but it pushed the global take for the trilogy to $1 billion.

Nevertheless, Fifty Shades persisted, and with the advent of its conclusion (sorry, climax), Fifty Shades Freed, in theaters over the weekend, the unlikely franchise has now crossed the worldwide $1 billion mark.

Fifty Shades of Grey, perhaps the most apparently un-filmable book since Frank Herbert's Dune, became a box office sensation once it was adapted into a movie.

Overall the marketplace is still down around 1.8 percent for the year and around 27 percent from the same weekend last year, which, comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian notes, saw the launch of "The Lego Batman Movie, " "Fifty Shades Darker',' and "John Wick: Chapter 2, " all of which opened over $30 million". The first film in the series, 2015's "Fifty Shades of Grey", brought in a massive 85 million dollars in its opening weekend and grossed more than 166 million dollars in North America and 571 million worldwide in total against a budget of only 40 million dollars. While the figure trails the $46.6 million attained by "Fifty Shades Darker", it is still enough for a comfortable #1 bow on this week's chart.

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The 15:17, director Clint Eastwood's recounting of how three young Americans foiled a 2015 terrorist attack aboard a passenger train in France, netted US$12.6 million.

Peter Rabbit is a 2018 3D live-action/CGI animated adventure comedy film directed by Will Gluck from a screenplay by Gluck and Rob Lieber, based on the stories of the character of the same name created by Beatrix Potter. James Corden voices the lead bunny as he feuds with garden owner Domhnall Gleeson for the affections of sweet-hearted neighbour Rose Byrne. Eastwood's dramatic thriller about the true story wasn't well-received by critics or audiences, who gave the film a poor B-minus on CinemaScore.

Rounding out the top five were the holdovers, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, with $10-million, and The Greatest Showman, with $6-million.

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