The international opening of “Fifty Shades Freed” has taken in $98.1 million in 57 markets since its February 6 international premiere, marking the biggest overseas launch of 2018 so far.
The finale of the erotic romance trilogy launched in first place in 54 markets, and topped Sony's “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” for best international weekend of the year, coming in 20% above the action-comedy's $81 million first weekend take.
The three “Fifty Shades” movies have now totaled $1.09 billion worldwide with strong international performances. “Fifty Shades of Grey” took in $166 million domestically and $404 million internationally in 2015 and “Fifty Shades Darker” grossed $114 million domestically and $266 million internationally last year.
Germany generated the best numbers with $10.7 million at 731 locations, taking 46% of the market. It's in line with the performance for “Fifty Shades Darker”, which also saw Germany as the top territory, according to trade magazine Variety.
“Fifty Shades Freed” sees Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. It is directed by James Foley from a script by Niall Leonard and once again produced by Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti, and Marcus Viscidi, alongside the book's author, EL James.
Fox's “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” took in $23.5 million from 19,858 screens in 80 markets, taking the international total for the finale of the dystopian trilogy to $180 million.
Indian comedy “PadMan” debuted with $8.9 million in five markets, most of that coming from a number one opening in India with $7.9 million.