‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ breaks UK and Ireland box office records in opening weekend

EL James adaptation scores the biggest ever opening by an 18 certificate film

Fifty Shades Of Grey has broken several UK and Ireland box office records in its opening weekend.

After opening in the UK and Ireland on Friday (February 13), the film adaptation of EL James’s blockbuster erotic novel raked in a massive £13.5 million over its opening weekend – more than the remaining films in the box office Top Ten combined.

Fifty Shades Of Grey‘s £13.5 million haul sets several new UK and Ireland box office records: for the biggest ever opening by an 18 certificate film, the biggest ever opening by a non-franchise or sequel film, and the biggest ever opening by any film in February.

Meanwhile, Fifty Shades is also a smash hit at the box office in North America, where the film took an estimated $81.7m (£53m) over its opening weekend – the second biggest opening ever for a February release, after Mel Gibson’s The Passion Of The Christ, which opened to $83.9m (£54 million) in 2004.

Fifty Shades Of Grey is rated ‘R’ in the US for “strong sexual content and unusual behaviour” and ’18’ in the UK for “strong sex and nudity”. The film’s 100-minute running time includes around 20 minutes of sex scenes.

The Fall‘s Jamie Dornan stars as Christian Grey, the kinky businessman who seduces demure college student Anastasia Steele, played by Dakota Johnson. Dornan recently revealed that he visited a sex dungeon to prepare for the role. The film’s supporting cast includes Luke Grimes, Marcia Gay Harden, Rita Ora and Jennifer Ehle.

Fifty Shades Of Grey was directed by Nowhere Boy‘s Sam Taylor Johnson with EL James serving as a producer. The film’s soundtrack has recently been released and features songs by Beyonce, The Rolling Stones, The Weeknd, Ellie Goulding and Sia.