‘Fifty Shades’ Becomes Universal’s Highest-Grossing R-Rated International Release

Sex, even of the kinky variety, apparently knows no boundaries and crosses all borders.

Fifty Shades of Grey” has become Universal Pictures’ highest-grossing R-rated international release with $338.4 million, topping the $330 million made by “Ted.” The erotic drama topped foreign charts for the third consecutive week, adding $36 million from 59 territories to its haul.

Globally, the film should hit $500 million next week — an impressive return on the $40 million Universal spent to make Christian Grey’s red room come to life on screen.

Domestically, the film has slowed down, dropping more than 50% in its third week to $10.9 million. Due to its steamy subject matter, “Fifty Shades of Grey” has been banned in much of the Middle East. There are two territories left in its international rollout — India and Egypt.

“Focus,” the weekend’s top Stateside grosser, pulled in $12.2 million across 31 international markets. The heist film with Will Smith and Margot Robbie has opened in roughly 30% of the overseas markets where it will play, including two major territories, Russia and the United Kingdom, where it kicked off to $3.1 million and $3 million, respectively. Next week, the film opens in Germany, Italy, Australia and Mexico.

China made its presence felt on the foreign chart. “From Vegas to Macau 2,” a Hong Kong-Chinese crime comedy with Chow Yun-fat, took second place overseas, pulling in $22 million and pushing its total to $108 million.

Third place finisher “Big Hero 6” scored the biggest opening weekend in China for a Disney Animation release when it bowed to $14.8 million. The film about a lovable robot earned $21.6 million overseas and has made $572.2 million worldwide since it debuted last fall.

“Kingsman: The Secret Service” added $25.8 million to its take after opening in several new markets such Mexico, Spain and Italy. The spy thriller has made $124.6 million at the foreign box office and $210.3 million worldwide.

On the family front, “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” continued to do strong business overseas, picking up $14.2 million from 46 territories. Internationally the film has made $96.3 million and its global total stands at $236.6 million.

Also of note, “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” earned $9.4 million after debuting in three international markets, including the United Kingdom and Australia. The snowbirds in India follow-up debuts next Friday in the U.S.

More Film

  • 'The Equalizer 2' Review

    Film Review: Denzel Washington in 'The Equalizer 2'

    Sex, even of the kinky variety, apparently knows no boundaries and crosses all borders. “Fifty Shades of Grey” has become Universal Pictures’ highest-grossing R-rated international release with $338.4 million, topping the $330 million made by “Ted.” The erotic drama topped foreign charts for the third consecutive week, adding $36 million from 59 territories to its […]

  • Stan Dragoti 'The Last Boyscout' PremiereDecember

    Stan Dragoti, Director of 'Mr. Mom,' 'Love at First Bite,' Dies at 85

    Sex, even of the kinky variety, apparently knows no boundaries and crosses all borders. “Fifty Shades of Grey” has become Universal Pictures’ highest-grossing R-rated international release with $338.4 million, topping the $330 million made by “Ted.” The erotic drama topped foreign charts for the third consecutive week, adding $36 million from 59 territories to its […]

  • Jagged Edge

    Film News Roundup: Halle Berry's 'Jagged Edge' Remake Finds Writer

    Sex, even of the kinky variety, apparently knows no boundaries and crosses all borders. “Fifty Shades of Grey” has become Universal Pictures’ highest-grossing R-rated international release with $338.4 million, topping the $330 million made by “Ted.” The erotic drama topped foreign charts for the third consecutive week, adding $36 million from 59 territories to its […]

  • Kate Winslet Diane Keaton Mia Wasikowska

    Kate Winslet, Diane Keaton, Mia Wasikowska to Star in 'Silent Heart' Remake

    Sex, even of the kinky variety, apparently knows no boundaries and crosses all borders. “Fifty Shades of Grey” has become Universal Pictures’ highest-grossing R-rated international release with $338.4 million, topping the $330 million made by “Ted.” The erotic drama topped foreign charts for the third consecutive week, adding $36 million from 59 territories to its […]

  • (L to R) Young Tanya (JESSICA

    'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying

    Sex, even of the kinky variety, apparently knows no boundaries and crosses all borders. “Fifty Shades of Grey” has become Universal Pictures’ highest-grossing R-rated international release with $338.4 million, topping the $330 million made by “Ted.” The erotic drama topped foreign charts for the third consecutive week, adding $36 million from 59 territories to its […]

  • Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

    'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' Stage Musical in the Works

    Sex, even of the kinky variety, apparently knows no boundaries and crosses all borders. “Fifty Shades of Grey” has become Universal Pictures’ highest-grossing R-rated international release with $338.4 million, topping the $330 million made by “Ted.” The erotic drama topped foreign charts for the third consecutive week, adding $36 million from 59 territories to its […]

  • Sundance Film Festival Placeholder

    Sundance Festival's Economic Impact Jumps Up 26% From 2017, Study Says

    Sex, even of the kinky variety, apparently knows no boundaries and crosses all borders. “Fifty Shades of Grey” has become Universal Pictures’ highest-grossing R-rated international release with $338.4 million, topping the $330 million made by “Ted.” The erotic drama topped foreign charts for the third consecutive week, adding $36 million from 59 territories to its […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content