Weekend Box Office Report: 'Fifty Shades Freed' Locks Up Top Spot

Jamie Dornan on'Fifty Shades: I'm gettin too old for this Jamie Dornan has said he is getting'too old for the'Fifty Shades franchise

Jamie Dornan on'Fifty Shades: I'm gettin too old for this Jamie Dornan has said he is getting'too old for the'Fifty Shades franchise

Hopping to second place and coming in ahead of analysts' projections is Sony's hybrid live-action and animated family comedy Peter Rabbit, with an estimated $25 million from 3,725 locations.

Director Clint Eastwood's The 15:17 To Paris pulled into third place with $12.6 million plus $5.3 million from the foreign box office.

Filling out the top five are two holdovers that have demonstrated impressive staying power: Sony's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (last week's No. 1 movie), with about $9.8 million, and Fox's The Greatest Showman, with about $6.4 million. Jumanji will finish the weekend with about $365 million in 38th place on the all-time domestic grosser list, $3 million behind Despicable Me 2. 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 worldwide markets over the weekend, it added about $100 million to the franchise's grand total of about $1.09 billion. "Fifty Shades Darker" opened with a 46.6 million dollars weekend in North America in 2017. Women once again made up the vast majority (75%) of the opening weekend audience.

But things will pick up with Black Panther, which some analysts are pegging for a $150 million start.

Based on the novel of the same name, "Fifty Shades Freed" is an erotic romantic film directed by James Foley and stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey respectively.

Freed's bow will come in below those of its predecessors: Fifty Shades Darker opened to $46.6 million a year ago, and Fifty Shades of Grey opened to a whopping $85.2 million in 2015. James Corden voices the lead bunny as he feuds with garden owner Domhnall Gleeson for the affections of sweet-hearted neighbour Rose Byrne. The film tells the stunning story of real-life heroism by three young American passengers who thwarted a terrorist attack on a train bound for Paris on August 21, 2015.

In a unique twist, it stars the soldiers themselves - Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos.