HOLLYWOOD—Valentine’s Day has not yet arrived, but the third and final chapter in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” saga, “Fifty Shades Freed” was a hit at the box-office. “Fifty Shades Freed” took the top spot earning $38.1 million, a far cry from the nearly $85 million debut from “Fifty Shades of Grey” and the $46 million debut from “Fifty Shades Darker.” On a global scale, the steamy thriller amounted nearly $137 million during its debut.
Nabbing second place was the live-action animated flick “Peter Rabbit” with an impressive $25 million. I think that is a direct result of the fact that there hasn’t’ been much for children and families in theaters in recent weeks. Expect the flick to have legs in the coming weeks. Clint Eastwood returned to the big screen with the real-life tale “15:17 to Paris” chronicling the tale of three Americans who prevented a terrorist attack in 2016. The biopic earned $12.6 million.
While no longer on top at the box-office, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is still bringing in big bucks with an impressive $10 million. The film has now earned over $800 million globally. The musical “The Greatest Showman” rounded out the top five adding another $6.4 million to its tally.
It’s been teased, but on February 16, the long-awaited “Black Panther” starring Chadwick Boseman hits theaters. The comic book franchise, which is a first for African-Americans is slated to do big business, at least $100 million during its opening weekend, I expect that number to be much larger people!