By Matt O’Bryant
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This year so far is shaping up to be a huge year at the box office with records already be broken throughout the month of January and now we are halfway through February and records continues to be smashed. This weekend saw the release of two more high profile releases Fifty Shades of Grey and Kingsman: The Secret Service, but unlike last week’s Jupiter Ascending and Seventh Son, both of these new releases dominated the box office.
Coming in at number one at the box office this weekend was the hugely anticipated release of the film Fifty Shades of Grey. Even before the release on friday the film had already broken records for pre-sales for an R-rated film on Fandango. In its first three days of release Fifty Shades has racked up an astonishing $81.7 million at the box office heading towards $90 million plus for the president’s day weekend. The film’s opening is only second to The Passion of the Christ for the biggest opening in February ever. It is also now the fourth biggest opening weekend of all time behind only The Matrix Reloaded, American Sniper, and The Hangover Part 2.
At number two this weekend was another hit at the box office exceeding expectations Kingsman: The Secret Service bringing in an estimated $35.6 million. This was around five to ten million more than many had predicted the film to open with. Coming in at number three was the holdover The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, which pulled in another $30.5 million, raising its total to about $93.7 million after two weekends of release.
Rounding out the top five was American Sniper and Jupiter Ascending coming in at number four and five respectively. American Sniper continued to stay strong taking in another $16.4 million for the weekend which brings its domestic total to around $304 million making it now the third highest grossing film to be released in 2014. Then finally we have Jupiter Ascending scrapping up an estimated $9.4 million, for a total of $32.6 million for its first two weekends or release which is not good for a film that reportedly cost $200 million to make.
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Source: Box Office Mojo