Despite how you might feel about Fifty Shades of Grey, its cultural impact is undeniable. The original novel has sold more than 125 million copies worldwide, and the hotly anticipated film adaptation opened to $85 million in 2014 – the highest R-rated opening ever for a February release (until the following year, when Deadpool crushed it with a staggering $135 million). And even though critical response was almost universally abysmal, audiences flocked to theaters across the globe, leading Fifty Shades to a worldwide gross in excess of $571 million.
Now it’s time for the cycle to begin anew, as Universal recently dropped the first trailer for Fifty Shades Darker, which finds Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) trying to reconcile with Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson), who must contend with two of her beau’s former flames (Kim Basinger and Bella Heathcote). Described as more of a thriller than its predecessor, Fifty Shades Darker is based on the second installment of the trilogy written by E.L. James, and will be headed to theaters early next year. Get your first glimpse below.
If something about this trailer seems familiar, then you’re not alone: as I sat here viewing it for the first time, my wife exclaimed “did they seriously use the same f**king song?” They sure did – although this time instead of using Beyonce’s version of “Crazy in Love,” we’re treated to a slower-tempo cover by Miguel, a musician I’m unfamiliar with (most likely due to his distinct lack of a surname). And although I’ll be the first to admit this sequel looks more intriguing than the original film, it’s not like the bar was set all that high to begin with.
Then again, what the hell do I know? According to THR, the trailer for Fifty Shades Darker was viewed 114 million times in the span of 24 hours, defeating the previous record of 112 million views held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If worldwide audiences are more interested in this hot garbage than the long-awaited return to a galaxy far, far away, then surely the apocalypse is nigh. Make peace with your gods – it’ll all be over soon.
Fifty Shades Darker opens on February 10, 2017.
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