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

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After accepting entrepreneur CEO Christian Grey's proposal in Fifty Shades Darker, Anastasia Steele must adjust not only to married life but to her new husband's wealthy lifestyle and controlling nature.

"Fifty Shades Freed" (Universal Pictures), which did not delight critics, opened to ticket sales of roughly $38.8 million.

With the release of its third and final film, the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy has passed the US$1 billion milestone at the global box office.

The "Fifty Shades" cultural fever ended a long time ago: Most readers discovered that a little of James's writing goes a long way.

Freed's bow will come in below those of its predecessors: Fifty Shades Darker opened to $46.6 million past year, and Fifty Shades of Grey opened to a whopping $85.2 million in 2015.

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Hollywood did not expect "Peter Rabbit" to register much interest. Directed by Will Gluck, "Peter Rabbit" is based on the stories of the character of the same name created by Beatrix Potter.

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.

Poor reviews and the absence of marketable stars (the servicemen starred as themselves) likely hurt the film, which cost Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow a modest $30 million to make.

Filling out the top five are two holdovers that have demonstrated impressive staying power: Sony's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (last week's No. 1 movie), with about $9.8 million, and Fox's The Greatest Showman, with about $6.4 million. The fanbase that propelled the novel to become the bestselling book of all time, plus the rest of us who were just curious to see how they pulled it off (so to speak), led the film to earn almost $100 million in its opening weekend when it arrived in 2015.

"This weekend is merely the calm before the proverbial Marvel-powered storm as Black Panther is poised to leap into theatres with potentially record-breaking results", said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with comScore.

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