By Todd Cunningham, The Wrap
The steamy movie version of “Fifty Shades of Grey” crossed the $400 million mark at the international box office Friday.
With the $165.5 million it has grossed in North America, the worldwide box office total for the R-rated adaptation of E.L. James’ erotic novel will top $566 million by Sunday, Universal said Saturday. That’s pretty good for a movie with a $40 million production budget, and at least one more sequel is in the works.
As the studio prepares to close the box-office books on “Fifty Shades,” it will rank as its eighth-highest grossing movie ever. It is behind only “Jurassic Park’ ($1.04 billion), “Despicable Me “ ($975.2 million), “E.T.” ($798 million), “Fast & Furious 6” ($789 million), “Fast Five” ($630 million), “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” ($624.9 million) and “Mamma Mia” ($606 million).
The top-grossing territories for “Fifty Shades” are the U.K. and Ireland ($53.1 million), Germany ($41.9 million), France ($32.4 million), Brazil ($30 million) and Italy ($22.5 million).
A $55 million international gross on the film’s first Saturday made it the highest-grossing Valentine’s Day release ever, and it is Universal’s top-grossing R-rated release ever as well.
Director Sam Taylor-Johnson also made box office history with the film, which had the largest opening weekend for a female director, an $85.2 million three-day haul.
Taylor-Johnson will not return for a second film, nor will Kelly Marcel, who adapted the original. Universal is searching for a new writer and director and there is no release date set for “Fifty Shades Darker.”
Both Dornan and Johnson are contractually obligated to reprise their roles for the sequels, including a third potential film based on the James’ novel, “Fifty Shades Freed.”
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