"Fifty Shades Freed" dominates North American box office

"Fifty Shades Freed" dominates North American box office

It earned $12.6 million. The film received largely negative reviews from critics but a so-so B-plus CinemaScore from moviegoers.

The two previous films in the trilogy grossed a combined $950 million. Last year's follow-up, "Fifty Shades Darker", debuted to $47.6 million and eventually collected $381 million worldwide.

"We are exhilarated with the results", said Jim Orr of the franchise's distributor, Universal Pictures. "We couldn't be more pleased with the debut".

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Directed by James Foley and once again starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, Fifty Shades Freed continues the story of budding book editor Anastasia Steele, kinky billionaire Christian Grey, and their tumultuous romance.

Its the "climax" to the Fifty Shades series and judging from the critical response Fifty Shades Freed is 1 film too many. But ticket sales for the final movie adaptation were solid, declining only 16 percent from initial results for its series predecessor, "Fifty Shades Darker", a year ago. "And of course having a holiday weekend is great as well".

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In a unique twist, it stars the soldiers themselves - Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos. It earned a B- on CinemaScore and a 20% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The biographical drama film was produced and directed by Clint Eastwood.

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