‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ $8.6M Thursday Night Preview Racks Up Records


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Universal Focus Features’ Fifty Shades of Grey kicked off its release at 2,830 engagements last night, racking up the second highest Thursday night preview ever with $8.6M. The record holder for an R-rated preview belongs to Warner Bros. The Hangover 2 which made $10.4M in midnight previews before its Memorial Day weekend 2011 release.  Fifty Shades is also Universal’s highest grossing late night show ever, beating 2013’s Fast & Furious 6 which made $6.5M, and it’s also the highest late night showing in history for a film in February. Other high grossing R-rated Thursday night previews include 2010’s Paranormal Activity 2 ($6.3M) and March 2009’s Watchmen ($4.6M).  Today, Fifty Shades of Grey expands to 3,645 theaters including 75 IMAX hubs. Universal is expecting a four-day of $50M, however, many distrib sources believe the E.L. James adaptation has the potential to clear $60M.

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