‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ crosses $400 mn overseas

Los Angeles: Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan-starrer erotic romance film “Fifty Shades of Grey”, made on a budget of $40 million, has crossed the $400-million-mark at the foreign box office.

Combined with its North American estimated gross of $165.5 million, the adaptation of E.L. James’ novel of the same name will likely make $566.1 million worldwide by Sunday-end, reports variety.com.

The film is now Universal Studios’ eighth highest grossing film of all time worldwide, trailing immediately behind “Mamma Mia!” ($606.1 million).

Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, “Fifty Shades of Grey”, which released on February 13, has set many other box office records namely the highest-grossing Valentine’s Day release of all time and Universal’s biggest R-rated movie.

The film was not released in India due to censorship issues.

Taylor-Johnson, also made box office history. The movie debuted to $85.2 million at US box office — the largest opening weekend ever for a female director.

Unlike Johnson and Dornan, Taylor-Johnson will not return for the sequel, “Fifty Shades Darker”.