50 Shades of Record Breaking
50 Shades of Grey premiered this weekend shattering the box office with $81.7 million from 3,646 locations over the three-day period. It set the record for highest-grossing Presidents Day weekend opener of all time. The film took the place of “Valentines Day” that premiered the same weekend in 2010 with $56.3 million. (1)
The film was also the set the record for the biggest international opening of all time for an R-rated film with $158 million from 58 markets. The largest overseas opening was The U.K. and Ireland with $21.5 million. (2)
50 Shades of Terrible Story Telling
While it may of killed at the box-office, the theater seats that filled around the world with people looking to see a film that promised steamy scenes and a sexually charged plot line, instead seemed to leave the majority disappointed and disenchanted.
Rotten Tomatoes‘ critics gave 50 Shades a 26% and the audience gave it an embittered 51% – Yikes.
Chistopher Orr, a top critic of Rotten Tomatoes and journalist at the Atlantic, gave it a less than steeler review saying, “Has there ever been lower-hanging fruit than the cinematic adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey?…The movie adaptation of E. L. James’s bestseller succeeds in toning down the book’s most egregious elements—but reveals that there’s very little left underneath.” (3)
While I have not personally read the books or have any plans on seeing this film, this seems to be the consensus from my circle – the only thing going for it was the sex and since they cut most of that out it was a flat storyline told through boring characters. A waste of money.
My advice: don’t waste your time. Not only does it fall short from a story telling aspect – the bread and butter of a film – it glamorizes an abusive relationship and apparently gets most things wrong in regards to BDSM. And to be frank, those books seem to be basically porn, and there is a high probability that your mother has read it. So there’s that.
No go watch The Grand Budapest Hotel to get your mind out of the gutter. It’s spectacular example of phenomenal story telling and production style. Pay special attention to the aspect ration and the lighting (they strategically change throughout the film).