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Fifty Shades breaks NZ's R18 record

1 January 1970 12:00 AM
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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.

Source: odt.co.nz

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