Fifty Shades of Grey tops US box-office

Fifty Shades of Grey has debuted at the top of the US box office.

The erotic adaptation took $81,670,000 in its first weekend in theatres, which establishes it as the highest-grossing Presidents’ Day opener and second-highest February opening of all time, behind the $83.9m taken by The Passion of the Christ.

It also ranks the film among the biggest R-rated movie debuts, with only The Matrix Reloaded, The Hangover Part II and the Mel Gibson biblical adaptation earning more.

Colin Firth’s Kingsman: The Secret Service takes the second spot with initial takings of over $35 million, while last week’s number one The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water falls to three with $30 million.

American Sniper is at four with just over $16 million, as Jupiter Ascending moves to five with $9 million.

Seventh Son is at six with takings of $4.1 million, while Paddington falls to seven.

The Imitation Game stays at eight with $3.5 million, and The Wedding Ringer falls to nine.

Project Almanac rounds out the top ten with takings of $2.7 million.

The US weekend box office Top 10 for February 13-15 is as follows:
1. (-) Fifty Shades of Grey – $81,670,000
2. (-) Kingsman: The Secret Service – $35,600,000
3. (1) The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water – $30,540,000
4. (2) American Sniper – $16,435,000
5. (3) Jupiter Ascending – $9,430,000
6. (4) Seventh Son – $4,153,000
7. (6) Paddington – $4,150,000
8. (8) The Imitation Game – $3,525,000
9. (7) The Wedding Ringer – $3,400,000
10. (5) Project Almanac – $2,730,000

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