Box-Office Preview: 'Fifty Shades Freed' to Dominate '15:17 to Paris,' 'Peter Rabbit'
The 'Fifty Shades' threequel closes out Universal's profitable BDSM-laced film franchise.
Universal's Fifty Shades Freed is set to seduce the competition at the pre-Valentine's Day box office with a debut of $30 million or more.
The threequel closes out the female-fueled film franchise based on the BDSM-laced novels by E.L. James. Dakota Johnson once again stars as Anastasia Steele, while Jamie Dornan reprises the role of Christian Grey.
Upon the opening of Fifty Shades Freed, the movie series will zoom past the $1 billion mark at the global box office. Overseas, the pic is set to debut in most markets, including France, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Mexico, Japan and the U.K.
The weekend's other two nationwide entires are the family film Peter Rabbit and the terrorist drama The 15:17 to Paris.
A CGI/live-action hybrid, Sony's Peter Rabbit should hop to a bow in the mid-teen millions. James Corden voices the iconic rabbit created by author Beatrix Potter. The voice cast also includes Domhnall Gleeson and Rose Byrne.
Prolific director Clint Eastwood returns to the marquee with The 15:17 to Paris, a recounting of the true story of three Americans who helped thwart an attack on a French train in 2016. Village Roadshow Entertainment and Warner Bros. partnered on the film, which is anticipating a domestic debut in the $10 million-$12 million range.
15:17 to Paris is launching day-and-date in 23 foreign markets, including France.
In an unusual turn, Eastwood cast the real-life heroes — Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler — as his film's stars.