Fifty Shades of Grey has record box office opening in the US
The book’s popularity has translated to the silver screen to produce a record-breaking box office performance.
Estimates have suggested that Fifty Shades of Grey has broken a record initially set by Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ by taking in more than $85 million in the US box office last weekend, eclipsing the former record holder which opened to the tune of $83.5 million.
It also becomes the fourth highest R-Rated opening in cinema history.
In addition, Fifty Shades also becomes the third highest opening in Universal’s history behind Fast & Furious 6 ($97.4m) and Fast Five ($86.2m).
Elsewhere, the Matthew Vaughn and Colin Firth caper Kingsmen: Secret Service also performed admirably, enjoying a total take of an estimated $42 million by the end of Monday (16th February), edging the film close to $80 million worldwide.
Fifty Shades of Grey is the real box office champion at the moment, though. You can remind yourself what all of the fuss is about below.