Fifty Shades of Grey breaks NZ’s R18 record

It’s official: Fifty Shades of Grey has become New Zealand’s highest-grossing R18 film.

New figures released today show the raunchy flick has made $2.62 million in box office takings locally, overtaking the previous record-holder Wolf of Wall Street with $2.59m.

Other films in the top 10 include Quentin Tarantino’s ultra-violent Pulp Fiction, Sharon Stone’s turn in the erotic thriller Basic Instinct, and drug-fuelled romp Trainspotting.

Based on the bestseller by EL James, Fifty Shades has broken box office records around the world – despite being slammed for infrequent sex scenes, a lack of chemistry between the leads, and its poor story line.

It has already nabbed the record for the biggest ever opening for an R18-rated film in New Zealand.

It took in $1.41 on its first weekend, according to Paramount Pictures, edging out previous record holders The Hangover II and Hannibal.

New Zealand’s top 10 R18 films:

1. Fifty Shades Of Grey
2. Wolf Of Wall Street
3. Pulp Fiction
4. Seven
5. Basic Instinct
6. Face/Off
7. Hannibal
8. Con Air
9. Trainspotting
10. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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