is the weekend’s dominant movie. It earned the number one spot at the box office over the three-day weekend with $81.7 million—over $45 million more than
, which took the number two spot with $35.6 million.
likely got some help from Valentine’s Day crowds, and a lot of help from fans of the book series who’ve been waiting to see Anastasia and Christian on the big screen. Those factors came together to help the film reach a few milestones: According to Rentrak,
had the second biggest Februrary debut ever (first place belongs to 2004’s
which debuted with $83.9 million). And it takes the crown for biggest Valentine’s Day debut, beating out
the Matthew Vaughn-directed action movie is well on its way to outperforming predictions, which anticipated the film would make somewhere in the mid 30s over the four-day weekend. With Presidents Day tomorrow,
and everything else in theaters—still has a whole day to bring in big numbers.
took the third spot, following in the exact footsteps of the previous
film: That one dropped 44 percent between its first and second weekends in 2004, and this one also dropped 44 percent between its debut and second weekend.
also continued its strong run, dropping just 29 percent between last weekend and this one. It beat out the Wachowskis’
which brought in $9.4 million—about 50 percent less than last weekend’s $18.4 million debut.
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