Magazine article Screen International

Fifty Shades Breaks UK 18-Rated Record

Magazine article Screen International

Fifty Shades Breaks UK 18-Rated Record

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Universal's raunchy adaptation becomes highest grossing 18-rated film of all time with $38.9m (£25.2m).

Following last week's tremendous opening, it was only a case of how quickly Fifty Shades of Grey could become the UK's highest grossing 18-rated film of all time,

The answer was very quickly as Universal's raunchy adaptation secured top spot with a second weekend of $7m (£4.56m) saw it to $38.9m (£25.2m) to comfortably sail past The Wolf of Wall Street's UK result of $34.9m (£22.7m).

How far it can now go remains to be seen given that it did drop 66% on its opening weekend, but it will potentially hit its next milestone of £30m by the end of next weekend.

Also for Universal, The Theory of Everything (which saw Eddie Redmayne win the Oscar last night) added $673,000 (£438,000) after a slim drop of 17% in its eighth weekend. The Stephen Hawking biopic is now on the cusp of £20m and stands at $30.6m (£19.89m).

Blackhat could only manage a $224,000 (£146,000) UK debut at a soft site average of $1,513 (£984) for one of Michael Mann's worst-ever UK openings. Ali debuted with $193,000 (£125,573) but that came from a release of just 17 sites initially.DISNEY

Enjoying a 39% boost in its fourth weekend was Big Hero 6 which remained in second with $3.9m (£2.57m).

Disney's latest animation prospered over half term and stands at $24.8m (£16.17m), a total that could receive an Oscar win uplift this coming weekend. In terms of Walt Disney Animation Studios outings in the UK, it will shortly overtake Bolt's final tally of $27.5m (£17.9m).

Also for Disney, Into the Woods has amassed $14.8m (£9.64m).STUDIOCANAL

Also enjoying a half term boost was Shaun the Sheep Movie with a $3.7m (£2.4m) third weekend. StudioCanal's big screen adaptation has now crossed the £10m mark to stand at $15.9m (£10.4m).

Also for StudioCanal, homegrown hit Paddington has amassed $56.8m (£36.95m) following a $435,000 (£283,063) weekend, while The Imitation Game reached $24.9m (£16.2m).FO

xFalling just 25% in its fourth week, Kingsman: The Secret Service added $1.9m (£1.2m) for $20.6m (£13.4m) to date. Fox's adaptation is on track to become Matthew Vaughn's best-ever UK performer, currently X-Men: First Class at $23.12m (£15.03m) which is shortly followed by Stardust with $23.10m (£15.02m).

Also for Fox, Selma dropped 34% on its way to a $442,000 (£287,520) for $3. …

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