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“Fifty Shades Freed” breaks box office numbers on opening weekend

Jamie Dornan, left, and Dakota Johnson pose during a photocall for the world premiere of 'Fifty Shades Freed - 50 Nuances Plus Claires' at Salle Pleyel in Paris, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

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Jamie Dornan, left, and Dakota Johnson pose during a photocall for the world premiere of 'Fifty Shades Freed - 50 Nuances Plus Claires' at Salle Pleyel in Paris, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Courtney Bush, Staff writer

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“The Fifty Shades” series, does one love it or does one hate it? The final chapter, “Fifty Shades Freed,” made its final debut in theaters Feb. 9 “topping the box office with $38.8 million on opening weekend,” according to an article on variety.com. Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) come back to the theaters to give us all the romantic, thrilling film we all anticipated. “The Fifty Shades” novel series is written by an English author named E. L. James and are portrayed as romantic, drama filled films. After the first two novels came across the big screen for millions to watch worldwide, and the third and final chapter finally out, are the viewers and critics happy with this closure?

According to Rotten Tomatoes, “Fifty Shades Freed brings its titillating trilogy to a clumsy conclusion.” For this film to be the last novel in the series with a “clumsy conclusion,” this definitely leaves the audience with mixed reviews.

The third chapter was highly anticipated because of the first film, “Fifty Shades of Grey”, which debuted in theaters Feb. 13, 2015; this placed high expectations on the next two films to come. It is appalling, to say the least, that “Fifty Shades Freed” did not meet the expectations that critics and the audience were hoping for. “Freed is seven percent down from the start of Fifty Shades Darker last year,” according to an article on deadline.com. The continuous numbers of ticket sales have been decreasing each year as each movie comes out, “Fifty Shades of Grey” opened with a sensational $85.2 million in 2015, and “Fifty Shades Darker” opened with $46.6 million on the same weekend last year,” according to an article on variety.com.

Alyssa Rosales, a student at Paradise Valley Community College recently watched the film and has shared her honest thoughts with me. “This movie had three things going for it.. It was a romantic comedy/thriller, and those are things I look for in a good movie,” Rosales said.

“It gave us a deeper look into the characters lives as a married couple and what they have gone through together to get where they are today as Ana and Christian Grey.”

Rosales’s expectations for this film were exceeded. She said, “It was my favorite out of all three movies, and I would definitely recommend it to those who love these types of films.”

Rosales believes she got the closure she needed for this series.  

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