Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades of Freed Get Release Dates

fifty-shades-darker(PCM) Fifty Shades of Grey brought audiences out to theaters in droves over 2015’s Valentine’s Day weekend, breaking box office records along the way, and now Universal Pictures has set the release dates for the film’s two sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.

Fifty Shades Darker is slated to open in theaters nationwide on February 10, 2017 while Fifty Shades Freed will be released a year later on February 9, 2018. The announcement was made yesterday at CinemaCon, along with the announcement that Fifty Shades series writer E.L. James’s husband, Niall Leonard, will pen the screenplay.

Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson will not be returning to direct the sequels.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment delivered more good news to fans, revealing that an exclusive Fifty Shades Darker tease will be available on the Digital HD release of Fifty Shades of Grey on May 1st and the May 8th release of Fifty Shades of Grey on Blu-ray, also giving audiences a preview of the tease with a still of Jamie Dornan in masquerade attire, which you can see below!

Gaining viral popularity after sparking controversy around its treatment of BDSM, its origins as an erotic Twilight fan-fiction, and its grammar/literary content, Fifty Shades of Grey has one on to sell over 100 million copies worldwide.

Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) from the screenplay by Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks) based on the the novel by E.L James, Fifty Shades of Grey opened in theaters nationwide on February 13, 2015, just in time to capitalize on Valentine’s Day.

Fifty Shades of Grey stars Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, alongside Victor Rasuk, Marcia Gay Harden, Callum Keith Rennie, Jennifer Ehle, Max Martini, Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford, and Rita Ora.

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Fifty Shades of Grey Roped in a Record Breaking Opening Weekend

fifty-Shades-of-grey2(PCM) With over 100 million copies sold worldwide, it comes as no surprise that the film adaptation of E.L. James’s erotic romance novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, breaking box office records this past Valentine’s Day/Presidents’ Day weekend.

Opening in 3,646 domestic theaters, Fifty Shades of Grey had the widest open for an R-rated film in the U.S. ever, earning an estimated $81,670,000, making it the widest ever R-rated opening, beating 2011’s The Hangover II, and the third widest R-rated release ever, behind American Sniper and The Hangover II.

It is also the Fifth highest R-rated opening weekend, coming in behind 2003’s The Matrix: Reloaded, American Sniper, The Hangover II, and The Passion of the Christ.

Fifty Shades of Grey is also the second top grossing February open, coming in about $2 million short of the record set by Passion of the Christ in 2004.

The Sam Taylor-Johnson helmed movie starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson also has the highest-grossing Presidents’ Day open, beating out 2010’s previous record holder Valentine’s Day, which earned $56.3 million.

Despite receiving dismal reviews, Fifty Shades of Grey will probably continue to bring audiences to theaters nationwide for some time. The real question is whether the film’s two sequels will follow its lead in the box office or disappoint, like Twilight’s sequels.

Fifty Shades of Grey currently sports a rotten 26% on Rotten Tomatoes, with a critic consensus of: “While creatively better endowed than its print counterpart, Fifty Shades of Grey is a less than satisfying experience on the screen.”

After the controversy surrounding the novel’s depiction of BDSM, movie-goers were surprised by the film’s tame take, calling it vanilla and boring. Anthony Lane agreed in his review in The New Yorker, calling Fifty Shades of Grey “the “Downton Abbey” of bondage, designed neither to menace nor to offend but purely to cosset the fatigued imagination.”

Peter Travers bemoaned the film’s dullness in his Rolling Stone review, writing, “I’m shocked — shocked, do you hear me?!? — that the film version of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey is such a dull, decorous affair, about as erotic as an ad for Pottery Barn. Strictly intended for gluttons for punishment-by boredom.”

Despite the dismal reviews, Fifty Shades of Grey, made for just $40 million, has gone on to gross $240 million worldwide.

Kingsman: The Secret Service came in second for its opening weekend, earning an estimated $35.6 million, with The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water coming in third with $30.5 million.

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Of Course There Are Going to Be Sequels to Fifty Shades of Grey

FiftyShadesofGrey(PCM) News broke on Sunday, February 8 that E.L. James’s two sequels to Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades of Darker and Fifty Shades of Freed, will get the big screen treatment and be adapted into feature films.

Universal Pictures has yet to officially confirm, but MTV reported over the weekend that director Sam Taylor-Johnson, stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, and series author E.L. James announced at a “Fifty Shades of First” fan screening event in New York.

The news comes as no surprise; Fifty Shades of Grey has already sold out in theaters across the nation, and there’s still four days until the film’s Friday, February 13 release.

The adaptation of E.L. James’s erotic romance novel broke a record almost a month before its premiere when in mid-January, Fifty Shades of Grey became the fastest-selling title on Fandango in the last 15 years.

With Valentine’s Day weekend fast approaching, Fifty Shades of Grey is sure to continue its path towards box office glory.

Fifty Shades of Grey stars Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, alongside Victor Rasuk, Marcia Gay Harden, Callum Keith Rennie, Jennifer Ehle, Max Martini, Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford, and Rita Ora.

Visit the official Fifty Shades of Grey website, apply for an internship at GreyEnterprisesHoldings.com, and visit the Fifty Shades of Grey Facebook for more info.

Fifty Shades of Grey, rated R for “strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behavior and graphic nudity, and for language,” opens in theaters nationwide February 13, 2015!

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New Fifty Shades of Grey Clip

FiftyShadesofGrey(PCM) NBC’s Today released the second new clip from Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Fifty Shades of Grey this morning, continuing its week-long promotion of the fastest-selling title on Fandango.

Today is airing a new clip from the film every morning ending with a special live early morning screening for 1,000 lucky contest winners on Friday morning.

The second clip, which can be seen below, aired today, giving fans a quick look at one of the earlier scenes between Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. The clip is from the scene where Anastasia first meets Mr. Grey in his office for an interview for the school paper. After calling him out on a white lie and piquing his interest, Christian cancels his next meeting and offers a self-effacing Anastasia an internship.

In other Fifty Shades of Grey related news, Yahoo! Movies UK is reporting that the adaptation of E.L. James’ erotic romance novel features over 20 minutes of sex scenes, totaling about 20% of the film’s run time.

Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) from the screenplay by Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks) based on the the novel by E.L James, Fifty Shades of Grey will open in theaters nationwide on Friday, February 13, just in time to capitalize on Valentine’s Day.

Fifty Shades of Grey stars Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, alongside Victor Rasuk, Marcia Gay Harden, Callum Keith Rennie, Jennifer Ehle, Max Martini, Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford, and Rita Ora.

Visit the official Fifty Shades of Grey website, apply for an internship at GreyEnterprisesHoldings.com, and visit the Fifty Shades of Grey Facebook for more info.

Watch the new clip below and tune into NBC’s Today every morning this week for more clips!

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Christian Grey Buys Suspicious Supplies in New Fifty Shades of Grey Clip

FiftyShadesofGrey(PCM) NBC’s Today released a new clip from Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Fifty Shades of Grey this morning as part of a week-long promotion. Today will air a new clip from the film every morning ending with a special live early morning screening for 1,000 lucky contest winners on Friday morning.

The clip aired today, which can be seen below, is from a scene between Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in a hardware store. After Christian seeks her help in finding a shopping list of shady items, like a rope, some masking tape, and cable ties, Anastasia jokingly accuses Mr. Grey of being a serial killer. It’s all very… romantic.

In other Fifty Shades of Grey related news, Yahoo! Movies UK is reporting that the adaptation of E.L. James’ erotic romance novel features over 20 minutes of sex scenes, totaling about 20% of the film’s run time.

Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) from the screenplay by Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks) based on the the novel by E.L James, Fifty Shades of Grey will open in theaters nationwide on Friday, February 13, just in time to capitalize on Valentine’s Day.

Fifty Shades of Grey stars Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, alongside Victor Rasuk, Marcia Gay Harden, Callum Keith Rennie, Jennifer Ehle, Max Martini, Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford, and Rita Ora.

Visit the official Fifty Shades of Grey website, apply for an internship at GreyEnterprisesHoldings.com, and visit the Fifty Shades of Grey Facebook for more info.

Watch the new clip below and tune into NBC’s Today every morning this week for more clips!

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Ellie Goulding Drops “Fifty Shades of Grey” Video for “Love Me Like You Do”

Universal Pictures Fifty Shades Of Grey Soundtrack(PCM) British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding released the video for “Love Me Like You Do,” featured on the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack earlier today, gaining over half-a-million views since being uploaded to YouTube.

The poppy love ballad integrates clips from Fifty Shades of Grey throughout the video, splicing together a scene of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele dancing with two dancers dressed in black, dancing similar choreography.

Watch the new video for Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do” for the Fifty Shades of Grey official soundtrack below!

Gaining viral popularity after sparking controversy around its treatment of BDSM, its origins as an erotic Twilight fan-fiction, and its grammar/literary content, Fifty Shades of Grey has one on to sell over 100 million copies worldwide.

Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) from the screenplay by Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks) based on the the novel by E.L James, Fifty Shades of Grey will open in theaters nationwide on February 13, 2015, just in time to capitalize on Valentine’s Day.

Fifty Shades of Grey stars Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, alongside Victor Rasuk, Marcia Gay Harden, Callum Keith Rennie, Jennifer Ehle, Max Martini, Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford, and Rita Ora.

Visit the official Fifty Shades of Grey website, apply for an internship at GreyEnterprisesHoldings.com, and visit the Fifty Shades of Grey Facebook for more info. Stay tuned for more updates!

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