#KOTNewsAt9 Fifty Shades of Grey Seduces the Box Office, Claims Second-Biggest February Opening Ever

Posted: February 18, 2015 in Lifestyle, Movies

In just one weekend, the movie version of the best-selling book, Fifty Shades of Grey, has racked up $265 million at the global box office.

The erotic movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” went out in theaters on Friday. But the Kenya Film Classification Board  will not be showing it, citing “prolonged and explicit sexual scenes depicting women as sexual slaves.”

Under the ban, anyone who distributes or shows it in Kenya is liable to a fine, imprisonment or both.

“Fifty Shades” is based on a book by E. L. James. It tells the steamy story of young, attractive billionaire Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, the young woman he sexually dominates. Jamie Dornan, star of the crime drama “The Fall,” and Dakota Johnson play the lead characters.

The Kenya Film Classification Board which regulates movie content in Kenya in their statement warned theaters not to show the much-anticipated film.

“The Kenya Film Classification Board wishes to inform the public, film operators and stakeholders that the film has been restricted,” it said in a statement this week. “It should not be screened or distributed to the public.”

Last year, the board banned “The Wolf of Wall Street,” saying it has “extreme nudity, sex, alcohol and drugs.”

The controversial fantasy romance “Fifty Shades of Grey” lands ahead of “Kingsman: The Secret Service” and the previous week’s leader “Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out of Water” at the worldwide box office for the weekend ending February 15.

With forecasts predicting a theatrical tally that exceeds $300m, “Fifty Shades of Grey” is well on the way to becoming one of the top five R-rated movies at the international box office.

Xu Jinglei’s Czech-based Chinese romance “Somewhere Only We Know” also enjoyed success with its mixture of Mandarin and English dialogue and Prague’s scenic backrop.

Here is how the movies ranked from the Global box office for the weekend ending February 15
1. “Fifty Shades of Grey”
2. “Kingsman: The Secret Service”
3. “Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out of Water”
4. “Somewhere Only We Know”
5. “Jupiter Ascending”
6. “American Sniper”
7. “Big Hero 6”
8. “Taken 3”
9. “The Imitation Game”
10. “Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb”

Watch the trailer below


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