Box Office: 'Fifty Shades Darker' Is a Valentine's Day Dominatrix With $11M

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'Fifty Shades Darker'

The erotic, S&M-laced sequel scored one of the top grosses of all time for when the sweethearts' holiday falls on a weekday.

Fifty Shades Darker was a huge Valentine's Day winner at the box office, earning $11 million on Tuesday.

That was more than double the next closest film, The Lego Batman Movie ($5 million). And it's one of the best showings of all time for when the sweethearts' holiday falls on a weekday, almost matching record-holder The Vow, which pulled in $11.5 million on Valentine's Day in 2012, also a Tuesday.

From Universal and based on E.L. James' S&M book series, Fifty Shades Darker has earned $61.5 million in its first five days, slightly ahead of the $60.8 million grossed by Warner Bros.' Lego Batman (both films debuted in North America on Feb. 10).

Fifty Shades Darker, however, continues to pace behind Fifty Shades of Grey, which earned $98.5 million in its first five days. The first movie had the advantage of opening over Presidents Day weekend in 2014, when Valentine's Day fell on a Saturday.

Universal is counting on Fifty Shades Darker being a slower burn than Fifty Shades of Grey, which dropped a steep 74 percent in its second weekend.

Lionsgate also touted La La Land as a Valentine's Day destination. The musical dramedy placed No. 6 with $1.5 million, a big jump over the $522,534 earned on Monday. The Oscar front-runner has earned nearly $128 million domestically and north of $300 million worldwide.

Generally speaking, a number of films saw a boost. John Wick: Chapter 2 placed No. 3 behind Fifty Shades Darker and Lego Batman with $4.8 million for a five-day domestic total of $37.9 million. M. Night Syhamalan's Split followed with $2 million for a domestic total of $115.2 million, while box-office hit Hidden Figures rounded out the top five with $1.6 million for a $133.8 million cume in North America.

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