'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Whips Up Record-Breaking Weekend Box Office Debut

February 15, 2015 5:30 PM

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'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Whips Up Record-Breaking Weekend Box Office Debut

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Audiences were more than curious to check out the big-screen adaptation of the racy phenomenon "Fifty Shades of Grey" this weekend. The erotic R-rated drama sizzled in its debut, earning an estimated $81.7 million from 3,646 theaters in its first three days, distributor Universal Pictures said on Sunday.

In addition to destroying Valentine's and Presidents Day weekend records, "Fifty Shades of Grey" has also become the second-highest February debut ever, behind "Passion of the Christ's" $83.9 million opening in 2004.

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