“Fifty Shades of Grey”, the highly anticipated (and controversial) drama based on E.L. James’ book series, made a whopping $85.04 million this weekend, helping this Valentine’s Day weekend set a new record for highest overall February box office. The movie’s debut is impressive particularly taking into account its R rating, but it likely got a boost from opening the day before Valentine’s Day. Dakota Johnson stars in the film as an innocent student who gets swept up in the controlling world of millionaire businessman Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). However, critics have largely been tearing the movie apart, and as most avid fans likely rushed out to see it this weekend, expect the film to see a large drop-off in revenue heading into this weekend.
“Kingsman: The Secret Service” was this weekend’s other new wide release. It followed behind “Fifty Shades” with $36.2 million—again, a decent opening for an R-rated movie. The action movie based on the comic book series about a secret British spy agency offered a solid alternative to “Fifty Shades”. Meanwhile, last weekend’s number one movie, “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” fell to third place but still made an impressive $31.6 million, likely because it is one of the few family-friendly movies in theaters at the moment.
“Still Alice”, which has received a lot of buzz lately as Julianne Moore has taken home all the Best Actress awards for her performance in it, expanded to 367 theaters this weekend (which was its fifth weekend in release). It got a huge boost and just narrowly missed making the top twelve, coming in thirteenth with $1.71 million.
The complete list of the top 12 movies at the box office this weekend is below. Click the links to read my full review of each film.
1. “Fifty Shades of Grey”: $85.04 million
2. “Kingsman: The Secret Service”: $36.2 million
3. “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water”: $31.6 million
4. “American Sniper”: $16.5 million
5. “Jupiter Ascending”: $9.2 million
6. “Paddington”: $4.15 million
7. “Seventh Son”: $4.13 million
8. “The Imitation Game”: $3.5 million
9. “The Wedding Ringer”: $3.4 million
10. “Project Almanac”: $2.7 million
11. “Black or White”: $2.5 million
12. “The Boy Next Door”: $1.76 million
Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters.
- Wehrenberg Theatres
- AMC Theatres
- Regal Movie Theatres
- Galleria 6
- Chase Park Plaza
- Granite City
- Moolah Theatre
- Hi-Pointe Theatre
- St. Andrews Cinema
- Plaza Frontenac Cinema
- Tivoli Theatre
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