Box Office: 'Fifty Shades' Seduces Overseas With Massive $338.4M, Nears $500M Globally

Fifty Shades of Grey Still 5 - H 2015
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Fifty Shades of Grey Still 5 - H 2015

The adaptation of EL James' steamy, S&M-laced novel has grossed $147.7 million in the U.S.

Universal's Fifty Shades of Grey is only days away from crossing the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office.

Starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, the R-rated adaptation of EL James' S&M-laced romance novel finished Sunday with $486.2 million in global ticket sales, a stunning number for a movie that cost $40 million to produce.

Fifty Shades has earned $338.4 million overseas and $147.8 million in North America. That means 70 percent of its earnings are coming offshore, in line with Hollywood action tentpoles. James' Fifty Shades trilogy has been translated into 52 languages and sold more than 100 million copies worldwide.

The movie, the No. 1 title of 2015 to date, achieved another milestone over the weekend, eclipsing Ted ($332.4 million) to become Universal's most successful R-rated title overseas, not accounting for inflation.

Generally speaking, the movie has done best in countries where the book was a best-seller, led by the U.K. and Ireland ($46.9 million), Germany ($33.7 million), France ($24.5 million), Brazil ($24.2 million), Italy ($21.2 million), Spain $19.2 million), Russia ($17 million), Australia ($16.1 million), Mexico ($14.6 million), Venezuela ($9.8 million), Poland ($8.6 million) and Argentina ($7.6 million).

But that rule doesn't apply everywhere. This weekend, Fifty Shades opened to $1.8 million in South Korea, where the book wasn't popular. Conversely, Fifty Shades has done little business in Japan, where the book likewise never caught on.

Fifty Shades has two more territories to open: India, where a date has yet to be set, and Egypt on March 11. The film has been banned in most Middle Eastern countries, as well as in Malaysia and Indonesia.

Universal has yet to announce plans for the next title in the franchise. There's rampant speculation that director Sam Taylor-Johnson won't return to direct after conflict with James.