‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Is Fastest-Selling R-Rated Title in Fandango History

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Moviegoers are already hot for “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Universal Pictures’ bondage-flavored Valentine’s Day gift to cinemas doesn’t open for nearly a month, but is already the fastest selling R-rated title in Fandango history.

The online ticketer reports that the adaptation of E.L. James’ steamy best-seller has supplanted “Sex and the City 2” for the honor. It’s also outpacing other R-rated hits such as the second and third “Hangover” films and “Gone Girl.”

“Fifty Shades” is having the biggest first week of ticket sales on Fandango for a non-sequel film since the first “Hunger Games” movie debuted in 2012. The demand is causing theater owners in all fifty states to offer new showtimes.

Although based on a literary phenomenon, “Fifty Shades of Grey” represents something of a risk for Universal. Sexually charged films haven’t been in vogue since “Basic Instinct” and “Fatal Attraction” pushed boundaries in the late 1980s and early 1990s. To that end, the studio seems to be emphasizing the love story elements of the story in its promotional materials. Apparently love means always needing to have a safe word.

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson star in the film about a literary student who falls for a billionaire with a kinky side. “Fifty Shades of Grey” debuts on Feb. 13.

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  1. Anita Gardner says:

    Lam looking forward to seeing the movie, but I just have a problem is the Christian Grey did not have a beard in the book so why does he have one now and also had gray eyes so why not stick to the book on how the book betray him.

  2. Alice says:

    So what…! They were people in love, the same way, with fascination. Love stories will always attract.
    And if you throw in some eroticism, the better.

  3. Catherine says:

    Of course 50 Shades is ALL about specifically ‘rough sex’ and that’s all it was ever about. It was originally ‘fanfiction’ inspired by Stephenie Meyer’s disgusting sexual fantasy that she accidentally left glaring throughout The Twilight Saga like ONLY an amateur author would. Did you KNOW that the characters of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey were ORIGINALLY Bella Swan and Edward Cullen?

    They said the same thing about Twilight when they made it into a movie: “We’re not making the movie anti-women and it isn’t misogynistic!” And YET the tabloids & paparazzi were so freely allowed to p*ss all over the pretty fairytale of young girls for YEARS (and counting) because their OLDER moms and grandmothers VIEW Edward Cullen/Robert Pattinson as Christian Grey!

    Robert Pattinson’s career-hindering Rover Smear based on the WHOLE WIDE WORLD’S Twilight HATE: hub.me/agBkd Read the details surrounding how 50 Shades of Grey was inspired by Twilight; as well as ALL about still-sick-in-the-head OLDER hater-hags here: hub.me/aj0JF

    SEARCH explaintwilightbreakingdawnending on blogspot for all the gory details on the stupid Twilight ‘cheating’ scandal finale, Robert Pattinson’s latest career-hindering smear – along with the history of The Twilight Saga and the unusual over-obsessions Stephenie Meyer accidentally-caused her divided fans and anti-fans (not to mention, the HATE she piled on her fans and Robert and Kristen from the rest of the world).

    • Alice says:

      So what…! They were people in love, the same way, with fascination. Love stories will always attract. And if you throw in some eroticism, the better.

  4. Mark Glomski says:

    Great book (if you’re a 12 year old). Sort of like the “happy hooker” back in the day.

  5. betsie says:

    I really enjoy the books obviously some people like it some people don’t, I can’t wait to see the movie, and I don’t know why people scandalizes over it if worse things happen in real world, besides all that happens in the books between Christian and Ana its consensual, so, what’s the problem. If people like BDSM so is their problem, everybody has fantasies so this is about respect everybody preferences, besides I think more than one find this books highly educative :)

    • Actually many scenes are outright rape and your lack of ability to identify that is indicative of the problems romanticizing books like this is causing. In chapter 13, Ana sends him an email telling him it’s over, and his first response was to break into her place to force sex on her to get her to submit. He didn’t know the email wasn’t serious, and she begged him NO, but he threatened to make sure Kate heard what was going on if Ana didn’t shut up. After he was done and gone, Ana has an emotional break-down. All the people who think this is romantic as sick. Imagine, if you will, your daughter being in Ana’s place. You wouldn’t think it’s so sweet.

      This book doesn’t portray BDSM. It portrays abuse. As anyone who is into the BDSM Lifestyle FOR REAL. Read the blog at HistoryofBDSM.com, where a man who’s been a Dom for more than 20 years goes over each instance of sex, one by one, and tells you what’s really BDSM, and what is not.

      • Marina, you are dangerously wrong.
        A) Christian didn’t know the email wasn’t serious, yet his first response was to go to her place to force a woman he thought broke up with him into having sex. He planned rape.
        B) She was planning to goto his hotel, yes, but planning to go to a hotel to see about getting sex doesn’t mean that a woman can’t change her mind. Her thinking about going doesn’t mean that there’s blanket consent.
        C) She wasn’t comfortable and told him to stop. He threatened to humiliate her if she didn’t shut up, which coerced her into letting him have his way. She knew where things were heading, said no, and no matter whether or not you want to believe that he threatened her with humiliation, you shouldn’t deny that he did something to her body against her will.
        D) You need to learn the alphabet.
        E) The whole encounter greatly upset her.
        F) He raped her, and returned afterward. You don’t see how this is a form of control. He hurt her, and she had to ask him to help take care of that.

        You see this as a fantasy, as nothing more than rough sex, and are missing how she’s being coerced, threatened, and manipulated, and, yes, outright raped. You completely ignore how this relationship is being called a healthy, ideal relationship, leading impressionable teens and young women into thinking that this relationship is one to strive for.

      • The scene you described
        a) she didn’t break up with him, she was joking
        b) she was about to go to his hotel to demand sex when he showed up
        c) she said no to him messing around with her sweaty socks because she had been jogging and hadn’t showered but she was all eager for the sex.

        e)she was very hot and cold so she end up cryinb because he didn’t want to spend the night in her room not because the sex
        f) she told him how she felt by e-mail and he returned to take care ofd her.
        I think you see what you want to see. You want to see rough sex as rape? okay. But the way you interpreted the book is not the RIGHT way. You missed the mark.
        And it’s a fantasy. Not every girl who reads hunger games buys a bow and and an arrow.

  6. LOL says:

    Basic Instinct and Fatal Attraction were smart movies, though. This look like crap.

  7. Frank says:

    This is currently the most anticipated movie of the coming year, and rightfully so. I think the naysayers are in for a rude awakening, I think the fans of the books will be elated.

    • Bob says:

      This movie will make some good cash but Marei is right. There’s no way a movie like this is going to be the “most anticipated” when the Avengers trailer has over 60 million viewers. Double the viewers 50 Shades’ trailer has.

    • Marei says:

      You wish! Avengers is the most anticipated movie of this year. Nice try but not that many people are into mommy porn.

  8. Dunstan says:

    Teri and Serena: first off, being a guy, this one isn’t aimed at me. As an avid film-goer, the trailers look God-awful. Aside from that, several female friends have told me the books were practically unreadable; i.e., badly written.

    No one should expect this film to be like the books; a major studio release just isn’t going to go “there.” I have no doubt the film will have a monster opening weekend but there may be an equally monster drop-off in ticket sales after that. Time will tell.

  9. Query says:

    Can’t access imdb at the moment to get the number. Which Alan? I can google it.

  10. terri says:

    It is a love story. Only perverts and all the sex the media hypes really isn’t the story. So if you actually read the book(s) you would know this.

    And Christian Grey isn’t some sex nut and Anastasia isn’t just some soft submissive woman as you will see as the story progresses. He’s a complex character whose back story is a tough one which leads him into his lifestyle and makes him the billionaire he is.

    So for those who are going for the sex will be surprised that is not the story. It’s the background to a love story.

    • I’ve read the books. I’ve analyzed them in great depth. These books aren’t a love story. They’re the tale of an abuser who is drawn to a woman so innocent that she was surprised at what sex really was, and he stalked her. they both admitted he’s a stalker. He never respected her boundaries. When she said no (re-read the infamous rape scene in chapter 13), he ignored her. He bullied and threatened her repeatedly. That’s not love. Marrying your victim doesn’t make it love. It means an abuser is making it harder to get away.

      • I replied to this above. My reading skills are good enough to know how to use periods and proper capitalization. I think you need to see a therapist based on just your letter A. You are incapable of understanding how Christian planned to rape her. He had no idea the email was meant in jest, and yet his first response was to head to her home, get in, and force the woman he though had broken up with him to into sex. AKA RAPE. And you are also incapable of understanding how Ana told him she didn’t want him doing something to her body, and he threatened her with humiliation to get her to shut up so he could have his way. If a man puts his hands on you, and you don’t want him doing whatever it is he’s doing, and you tell him to stop and he won’t, would you, or would you not, see that as a violation of your body?

      • marinaeverdeen says:

        You might have skimmed the books but you didn’t read them and if you did you have very poor Reading skills. The scene you described
        a) she didn’t break up with him, she was joking
        b) she was about to go to his hotel to demand sex when he showed up
        c) she said no to him messing around with her sweaty socks because she had been jogging and hadn’t showered but she was all eager for the sex.

        e)she was very hot and cold so she end up cryinb because he didn’t want to spend the night in her room not because the sex
        f) she told him how she felt by e-mail and he returned to take care ofd her.
        I think you see what you want to see. You want to see rough sex as rape? okay. But the way you interpreted the book is not the RIGHT way. You missed the mark.
        And it’s a fantasy. Not every girl who reads hunger games buys a bow and and an arrow.

        The book is written in a way that is very straightforward, Ana says all the time how she feels all the time and she always says she trusts him, she always says she craves for him. Don’t bother answer.

    • Bob says:

      Yea, a creepy love story.

    • serena says:

      Well said terri!
      Wish people would read the book before judging.

      • diana says:

        It is not a love story … it is all about lust and sexual experimentation, which is mistakenly deemed as love which is a lot more than just the physical desires.

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