Last week, I posted an article regarding the commercial failure of Fifty Shades of Grey. However, since then, the film has been released to the masses, and opinions have been formed that may argue differently to the critics.
Please don’t judge me, but I have been following the IMDb and Metacritic scores of Fifty Shades. In fact, when I first checked, it had a rating of 3.4 and 47, which then fell to 3.3 and 47, and even fell as low as 3.2 out of 10 for its IMDb rating. However, since it hit that frankly embarrassing score, it’s gone shooting up. Well, not that far. In fact, the score for Fifty Shades of Grey now stands at 3.9, which is still absolutely atrocious, but an improvement nonetheless. And for you fans of continuity, the Metascore of 47 remained the same throughout.
One interesting twist in this tale is the box office summary from the film’s opening weekend. In just two days alone, Fifty Shades has made $81 million in the USA alone, and it went on to make an incredible $158 million in other countries. This adds up to a total gross of $239 million dollars in two days alone, meaning that it has already made back its $40 million budget 5 times already.
As a result of these incredible figures, a sequel is a certainty, and possibly even a film adaptation of the final book in the Fifty Shades trilogy, Fifty Shades Freed, could be made. However, due to a poor critical reception, it’s unlikely that director Sam Taylor-Johnson will be back for the sequel. Personally, I think that if they do make a sequel, it will lead to the franchise’s downfall, and here’s why.
Let’s be honest here and say that the main appeal of Fifty Shades of Grey is its sex scenes. This is most likely the only reason it has made so much money, and also means that the sequel will have no new ground to tread, unless they make the story the film’s focus. However, it’s likely that the second film will tank, that is unless they heed my advice and make the film’s main draw its characters.
The future is looking bright for Fifty Shades of Grey, and maybe I was wrong to absolutely slate it in my previous article, because it has been a financial success, but has had a very frosty reception from critics. Chances are a sequel will be made, and unless it focuses on the story and characters, the poor reception from critics may be replicated at the box office.
Have you seen Fifty Shades of Grey? What did you think? Do you think a sequel will perform at the box office? As always, be sure to leave a comment below letting us know your opinion.
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