'Fifty Shades' finale steams up North American box offices

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Clint Eastwood had a tougher weekend with "The 15:17 to Paris".

"Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle", last weekend's victor, slips to #4. Its overseas total from opening day alone was $25 million, including Wednesday night previews in some countries-and as the film launched in 57 more global markets over the weekend, it added about $100 million to the franchise's grand total of about $1.09 billion.

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"Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" fell to fourth place with $9.8 million and "The Greatest Showman" took fifth with $6.4 million.

The weekend saw a significant increase in moviegoing in the wake of a slow Super Bowl session with $138 million, up 46%, according to comScore. The fanbase that propelled the novel to become the bestselling book of all time, plus the rest of us who were just curious to see how they pulled it off (so to speak), led the film to earn almost $100 million in its opening weekend when it arrived in 2015.

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In one of the more awkward box-office pairings in memory, the steamy, sexy sequel "Fifty Shades Freed" was No. 1 at North American theaters over the weekend, while the cuddly-cute "Peter Rabbit" did well with children and finished in second place.

Moviegoing will receive another major boost over the Presidents Day weekend with Disney-Marvel's Black Panther opening February 16 and forecasted to take in as much as $150 million during the Friday-Monday period.

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But things will pick up with Black Panther, which some analysts are pegging for a $150 million start. The first film in the series, 2015's "Fifty Shades of Grey", brought in a massive 85 million dollars in its opening weekend and grossed more than 166 million dollars in North America and 571 million worldwide in total against a budget of only 40 million dollars. The film features voice roles played by James Corden, Daisy Ridley, Margot Robbie, and Elizabeth Debicki, and live action roles played by Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne, and Sam Neill. The film stars Stone, Sadler and Skarlatos as themselves and follows the trio as they stop the 2015 Thalys train attack; Judy Greer and Jenna Fischer also star.

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