Box Office: ‘Fifty Shades’ Stays on Top, ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2’ Bombs

By February 22, 2015
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Although the controversy surrounding Fifty Shades of Grey still seems to be sticking around, audiences just didn’t seem that interested going into the film’s second weekend.

According to weekend numbers from BoxOfficeMojoFifty Shades of Grey saw a staggering 72.7% drop when compared to its record-breaking opening last weekend, where it took in over $85 million at the box office. This weekend, the film’s weekend total was $23.2 million, but even with its massive attendance drop, the film still manages to be number one at the box office this weekend. Basically coming in line with estimates from early yesterday, the film just couldn’t fight off its lackluster critical reception and weak word-of-mouth to triumph nearly as much as it did on its debut.

Still, Fifty Shades‘ box office story is generally brighter than even other films that debuted this weekend, particularly teenage comedy The DUFF and the sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2. While The DUFF wasn’t exactly positioned to be a blockbuster, it still only managed to come in at 5th place this weekend with a take of around $11 million. Still, that automatically makes it successful, since its production budget was a very modest $8.5 million.

The same can certainly not be said for Hot Tub Time Machine 2, which came in 7th place this weekend for a take of $5.8 million. While its budget was also modest at $14 million, its early estimated take for the weekend was $13 million, which would’ve placed it in a very good position to come out ahead of what it cost to make. A second film already seemed like a surprise, but the performance here likely means that a third film isn’t in the cards for this series.

The top 10 this weekend saw Fifty Shades of Grey at number 1, holdovers Kingsman: The Secret Service and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water at numbers 2 and 3, respectively, Disney’s McFarland, USA at number 4, The DUFF and American Sniper at 5 and 6, respectively, Hot Tub 2 at number 7, and Jupiter AscendingThe Imitation Game, and Paddington rounding out spots 8 through 10.

Next weekend’s major releases include the Warner Bros. comedy Focus starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, Relativity’s horror film The Lazarus Effect starring Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, and Donald Glover, as well as the action thriller Everly, starring Salma Hayek and directed by The Movie Crypt‘s own Joe Lynch. For more from the box office, check back next weekend here at GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
  • Devane

    you can call fifty’s attendance drop a “bomb” but in reality its still number 1!