HOLLYWOOD—Who knew Presidents Day weekend was such a busy time at the multiplex? Love was indeed in the air this weekend, as the steamy, erotic thriller “Fifty Shades of Grey” destroyed the box-office. The movie broke records taking in $94.4 million during the four-day holiday weekend. That resulted in the highest debut for a movie for the month of February.
The film starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, also set a three-day record for an R-rates film for the month of February with $85 million, besting the previous record held by Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.”
Earning the #2 spot was the action-adventure “Kingsman: The Secret Service” which debuted to an impressive $42 million. In the past month, the box-office has proved that audiences are not afraid to turn out in droves for good or buzz-worthy flicks. The movie starring Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson proved all audiences weren’t looking for love this weekend.
Last weekend’s box-office champ, “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” fell to #3 with $40 million. In just two weeks the animated flick has already crossed the $100 million mark at the domestic box-office. “American Sniper” has crossed the $300 million mark, adding another $19.5 million to its tally. It’s safe to say the film might top out at $400 million before ending its run in theaters.
Rounding out the top five was the sci-fi adventure “Jupiter Ascending” with $10.7 million.