Raise your hand if you went out and saw Fifty Shades of Grey this weekend. Everyone? Yeah, us too.Variety reports that the movie made a whopping $94.4 million at the domestic box office (and $160 million internationally) since its debut on Thursday night, which is the fourth-biggest R-rated box office opening in history.
It's also great news for director Sam Taylor-Johnson, who is now—maybe—the holder of the highest-grossing opening weekend title for a female director. There's a little bit of debate about this, actually: Lana Wachowski, half of the directing duo behind the Matrix movies, was transitioning from male to female at the time of The Matrix Reloaded release, so some consider the honor to be hers.
Either way, we're hoping this opens the doors to more female directors doing more blockbuster movies from here on out. As this weekend's numbers prove, it's a win-win.
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