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Christian Grey’s Bachelor Pad Gets a New Look in Fifty Shades Darker

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By Elizabeth Stamp

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades Darker.

Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele have returned to the big screen in Fifty Shades Darker, and while we’ll have to wait and see how their relationship has changed, one thing is for sure: their surroundings certainly have. For the second and third installments of the trilogy, which are based on E. L. James ’s best-selling books, the producers recruited production designer Nelson Coates to bring a new look to the world. Coates was intrigued by the idea of reconceiving an existing franchise, as well as by the prospect of shooting two movies at the same time. (The final film, Fifty Shades Freed, will be released around Valentine’s Day 2018.)

Coates began by focusing on Christian’s penthouse apartment and thinking about the taste of a 29-year-old Seattle billionaire. “Every single surface luxed up,” he says. “There are Venetian plasters. There are richer floor materials. Everything feels darker, warmer, but it also feels more masculine.” For the penthouse, which was built across four soundstages, Coates worked to amplify what had been established by production designer David Wasco in the first film. The white staircase from the first movie was replaced with a sculptural design made of rosewood. “I wanted to have the coolest staircase that I've never seen anywhere else,” he says. “It's like a big Jenga game.” He also added a large fireplace to complement the scale of the room and an illuminated wall of wine behind the staircase. “There was a very concerted effort to get texture into this movie and to get a richer coloration so that it felt little more ominous but also more masculine,” he says.

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Warm woods and other rich materials add texture to the penthouse.

As for the decor, Coates and set decorator Carolyn Loucks wanted the apartment to look sleek but lived-in. They chose modern furnishings, including pieces by Minotti, and added links to Seattle through the art. “I really worked hard to just incorporate artists from the whole Pacific coast and primarily the Pacific Northwest,” he says. “I brought in a lot of the colors of Seattle and warmed up the movie tremendously.” Even the infamous Red Room received a luxe makeover. The team also devised new rooms within the apartment, including a library and billiard room and an office.

Christian Grey's penthouse apartment

Christian Grey's penthouse apartment was upgraded for the new movie.

Anastasia's apartment was refined with a toned-down color palette and art that speaks to her personal history. She also ends up with her own dressing room in Christian’s apartment. “It’s a dream closet,” he says. “We wanted everything to feel tactile.”

Anastasia's Closet

Coates created a luxurious dressing room for Anastasia, complete with couture gowns.

All told, according to Coates, the crew used 167 locations and traveled between eight cities in three countries. As in the first movie, Vancouver stood in for Seattle, although the crew did shoot some footage in Seattle. The movie’s major set piece is a masquerade ball at the home of Christian’s family. Two historic homes, Casa Mia and Rio Vista, were used for the interior and exterior of the Grey Mansion. Since Casa Mia didn’t have a yard large enough to accommodate the ball’s massive tent, Coates set up the interior of the tent in the Vancouver Convention Center. “The entire masquerade ball is designed with a very strong Venetian theme, as if they went to their local opera company and pulled scenery for the stage,” he says.

The spectacular sets made an impression on everyone from E. L. James, who told Coates that the masquerade ball was better than she imagined, to Mr. Grey himself. “Even Jamie Dornan when he walked into the main apartment set said, ‘Wow, I got taste between the first and second movie,’” Coates says. “People really respond to the fantasy element.”

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'Fifty Shades Darker' Trailer: Christian and Ana's Romance Gets Hotter

"I want you back," Christian Grey ( Jamie Dornan ) purrs to Anastasia Steele ( Dakota Johnson ) in the first, full-length trailer for "Fifty Shades Darker." But this time, it's Ana who lays down her demands. "No rules. No punishments. And no more secrets."

"Fifty Shades of Grey" ended with the breakup between the naive college student and the business mogul with BDSM predilections. The two reunite in the sequel, and their relationship heats up -- masquerade balls! romantic sailboat rides! -- but it's tested by figures from Christian's past.

Kim Basinger joins the cast as an older woman who seduced Christian as a young man, while Bella Heathcote plays his mentally unstable former submissive. Also on board: Hugh Dancy as psychiatrist Dr. John Flynn, Eric Johnson as Ana's boss Jack, and Tyler Hoechlin as author Boyce Fox.

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'Fifty Shades Darker' Trailer Deep Dive

If Fifty Shades of Grey was about blindfolds, then Fifty Shades Darker is about masks. Because, don’t tell anyone, but Christian LOVES a good masquerade ball.

So Ana, what say you? Are you “intrigued?”

OF COURSE she's intrigued. Just look at these beautiful masks!! (This is your friendly reminder that Christian has more money than he does kinky thoughts.)

Needless to say, after all that, Ana says yes to the masquerade ball, because she has never felt so fierce in her entire life.

Allow me to be the first to welcome you to the ball! Ana’s wearing a lot of silver tonight … along with something(s) silver you can’t see. Also, can we talk about the size of Christian’s bowtie? Did he spend all of his money on masks?

Despite the look of this floor, Ana and Christian do not suddenly find themselves in the middle of a Tim Burton film. Rather, this is the dance that Christian wins after Ana is auctioned off. So in a way, he buys her? #romance

“These flowers are so pretty. But they’re not nearly as pretty as Christian.”

The classic Christian-looks-out-the-window shot is back, though this time he’s in an office filled with brown tones, not so much grey. Does this symbolize his evolution??

“My hair looks so great, but I’m moody because my boyfriend is complicated. I mean ex-boyfriend! Sorry.”

Once the flowers don’t work, Christian shows up at Jose’s art show to win Ana back. And because he understands boundaries with exes, he buys all of the pictures Jose took of her so that no one else can have them.

That awkward moment when a couple is about to buy a photo of you and your possessive ex shows up.

Gawker might’ve gone out of business, but Christian Grey is still in the business of gawking.

“If you’re going to have make-up sex, it might as well be in the shower.” – Christian Grey … not really

“What do you want, Anastasia?” Christian asks her, really hoping she responds, "A million flowers."

But her actual answer is, “Whatever’s on the ceiling.”

These lats don’t come for free, guys.

“Yep, I made the right decision.” (Is biting her finger the new biting her lip?)

The boat! The boat means happiness! And this time around, as Ana tells Christian, “No rules, no punishments, and no more secrets.”

But she didn’t say “No crazy ex-submissive-turned-stalker.”

Spoiler: Ana’s boss, Jack Hyde (played by Eric Johnson) is a jerk. He thinks Ana's pretty. Christian wants to kill him.

“And here's to you, Mrs. Robinson.” (P.S. That’s NOT what Ana’s thinking right now after meeting Kim Basinger’s Elena Lincoln, a.k.a. the woman who created Christian Grey as we know him.)

From the looks of it, this is Christian coming face-to-face with Leila, his stalker. But more importantly, this is the single shot that should convince you to see this film. LOOK AT THAT MAN. (And say hi to Taylor!)

"I get that you have a stalker, but WHY haven't you complimented my hair yet?!"

If you didn’t know, there’s a helicopter crash in this book/movie. Christian has many talents, but flying isn’t in the top five.

Is this Ana’s boss at the masquerade ball? Is he about to push her down the stairs? What is happening?!

“Do you think you’re the first woman who’s tried to save him?” No, you’re not. And if Leila has anything to say about it, you’ll be the last. BUT YAY LOVE!

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  • While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her.
  • Christian and Ana decide to rekindle their relationship, except this time there are no more rules or punishments. As they begin to get used to their newfound relationship, Christian's past begins to haunt Ana as Christian struggles with his innermost thoughts.
  • Unable to overcome the fundamental differences between them after discovering Christians' obscure side, Anastasia finally finds the courage to move on with her life; however, she is totally unaware that Christian still wants her desperately back. Soon, the two lovers will find themselves renegotiating the terms of a brand-new, no rules, no punishments--and above all--no secrets proposition, in a proper "vanilla" relationship with no strings attached. But, inevitably, Christian's well-hidden past is bound to catch up with them to finally expose the skeletons in his closet. Is the already fragile relationship, that both Anastasia and Christian so ferociously fought to establish, in danger? — Nick Riganas
  • In this sequel to 'Fifty Shades of Grey', the opening scene shows Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) having a nightmare about his childhood. He overhears his mother being abused by his father. Young Christian hides, but his father finds him and prepares to abuse him with his cigarette. Meanwhile, Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) has found a new job at the publishing firm Seattle Independent Publishing as an assistant to her boss Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson). Christian sends her flowers to congratulate her. She is about to throw them out but decides to keep them. As Ana is out around town, she is followed by a strange woman (Bella Heathcote). That night, Ana attends an art show for her friend Jose (Victor Rasuk). She's unnerved to find six pictures of herself hanging from the walls. The art director then approaches Jose to tell him that somebody has bought all six pictures. Of course it's Christian. He approaches Ana and wants to fix their relationship over dinner. Ana agrees only because she's hungry. Over dinner, Christian explains that he wants to take Ana back to be his submissive mate, and he is willing to negotiate with her on her terms. She just wants him to not inflict his dominant desires upon her, to which he agrees. Eventually, they renew their relationship and start having kinky sex again. Jack invites Ana out for drinks. Before meeting with Jack, Ana is approached by the woman who was following her. She knows Ana's name and says little before Jack pulls Ana away. Christian finds them in the bar and is suspicious of Jack's true intentions when he catches Jack acting a bit flirty toward Ana. Later at home, Christian informs Ana that he bought SIP and will essentially be her and Jack's boss. Ana isn't too thrilled at this concept. Ana sees the same strange woman out on the streets while out for breakfast with Christian. She asks him who the woman is. At Christian's home, he takes out a file with pictures of this woman. Christian explains that the woman's name is Leila Williams, and she was a former submissive of Christian's. She wanted more from the relationship than Christian did, so they parted ways. Leila got married to another man, but he later died in a car accident, leading to Leila having a nervous breakdown. Ana asks Christian if he has a file on her as well. Without an answer, she know he does and demands to see it. In Christian's room, Ana sees a picture of his birth mother, who slightly resembles Ana. Christian mentions that she was a crack addict who died of an overdose when he was age 4 and was not found for three days while he stayed with her body. He later met his stepmother Grace (Marcia Gay Harden) at the hospital, and she would later care for the boy. Christian invites Ana to a ball. He takes her to a salon in preparation and runs into Elena Lincoln (Kim Basinger), the woman that got Christian into the BDSM lifestyle. Ana is none too happy since she knows Elena was Christian's dominant. Christian assures Ana that Elena is just a business partner since they co-own the salon. It does nothing to ease Ana's mind. Before they head off to the ball, Christian takes out Ben Wa balls for Ana to put in her vagina for consistent pleasure during the party. He then tells her it is a masquerade ball. The two meet with Grace and Christian's adoptive sister Mia (Rita Ora). They sit for a bidding to a luxury vacation, which Ana wins when she bids $24,000 that Christian had transferred into her bank account. In the bathroom, Elena approaches Ana and urges her to break it off with Christian before both of them get hurt. Ana tells Elena to leave them alone. In the parking garage at Christian's home, he and Ana find that Ana's car has been vandalized. Ana and Christian later go on their romantic getaway on Christian's boat, which he named after Grace. Back at work, Jack is more cold to Ana after learning Christian is her boyfriend. He reminds her to set up a meeting in New York between himself and other publishers, plus to get a room for herself since his assistant needs to be with him. Later, Jack tries to seduce Ana in his office but comes off like a predator. Ana kicks Jack in the groin and runs out of the building. Christian is outside as Ana runs into his arms telling him what Jack tried to do. Christian later has Jack fired. With Jack gone, Ana is given a temporary position to his old job as acting editor. She attends a meeting with the higher-ups and offers a suggestion that they reach out to a broader demographic instead of just publishing to established readers. Christian asks Ana to move in with her, and she agrees. As they go to pick up Ana's stuff from her place, Leila is there, having been stalking both Ana and Christian. Leila pulls out a gun. Ana tries to placate her by making it seem like Christian still cares about her. Christian and his bodyguard Taylor (Max Martini) arrive after Leila has already fired a shot at the wall. Christian orders Leila to get on her knees, and she immediately obeys. Ana thinks Christian can't get off without being dominant, and she leaves the house for hours. Meanwhile, Leila is sent to a psych ward to get help. When Ana returns home, Christian is pissed at her until Ana explains her feelings toward his dominance. He then turns submissive to Ana and gets on his knees so that she won't leave him. Ana gives in and they go off to have sex. Christian has another nightmare while Ana is awake. She goes over to comfort him in bed. He then asks Ana to marry him, but she doesn't give an answer because she needs time to consider. Christian goes with a business partner to a trip in Portland. As he returns from the trip, his helicopter's engine breaks down, causing them to crash into a forest. Ana hears the news while out for drinks with Kate (Eloise Mumford), Elliott (Luke Grimes), and Jose. Ana waits and watches the news with Christian's family. Just as it is reported that Christian was found, he walks into the apartment. Everyone embraces him. Ana later finds out from Mia that Christian's birthday is coming up, as he failed to mention. Ana gets him a keychain with "Yes!" written on the back, meaning she has accepted his proposal. Christian is elated. The couple attend a birthday party for Christian. He announces his and Ana's engagement to the whole party. Elena later confronts Ana and accuses her of being after Christian's money and not actually loving him. Ana throws her drink in Elena's face. Christian orders her to leave. Grace overhears the confrontation and slaps Elena before demanding she leave the house. Christian takes Ana to a nearby boathouse where he proposes with an actual engagement ring. She accepts, and fireworks start to pop. The couple join Christian's family to watch the fireworks together. Meanwhile, across the lake, Jack is watching the fireworks and looks really worn out. He holds a picture of the Grey family and burns out Christian's face with a cigarette. Note: After the end credits, there is a brief teaser for "Fifty Shades Freed", which sees Ana and Christian about to get married, plus the promise of more kinky sex.

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Film Review: ‘Fifty Shades Darker’

James Foley's follow-up to 2015's erotic schlockbuster lacks its predecessor's surprising, feminine sass, but succeeds on its most superficial terms.

By Guy Lodge

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“I was reading Austen and Brontë and no one ever measured up to that,” says Anastasia Steele of her romantic history near the beginning of “ Fifty Shades Darker .” Had she only been reading E.L. James, she might have been less disappointed in life — though in her first film outing, 2015’s slinky schlockbuster “Fifty Shades of Grey,” director Sam Taylor-Johnson and screenwriter Kelly Marcel also aspired to a higher standard. Smartly gutting James’s viscous purple prose for something more curt and witty, it was one of the great pleasant surprises in recent studio moviemaking. So it’s perhaps unfair to knock James Foley ‘s serviceable, lip-glossed sequel merely for delivering what might have reasonably been expected in the first place: an expensively scented two-hour soapdown, interspersed with some light erotic frisking, all administered very much with the original author’s sticky-fingered touch. Sure to make Grey at the Valentine’s Day box office, “Darker” does almost nothing to fulfil the promise of its title, but it’s still diverting, sleekly styled and just sexy enough to frighten a few frigid horses.

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With a brusque farewell as the elevator doors clamped shut, ending a long, tortured romantic negotiation on the chilliest of notes, “Fifty Shades of Grey” pulled off what might have been one of the great modern Hollywood endings — if not for the assured knowledge that a sequel was coming down the pike to undo its decisive snap. The original novel, for all its stylistic ineptitude, likewise works better as a self-contained narrative than as a franchise-starter: Once shy Anastasia ( Dakota Johnson ), tested to her limits by the brand of possessive S&M wielded by Christian Grey ( Jamie Dornan ), resolves that she’s better off as her own woman, continuing their romance entails doubling back on a lot of good character work.

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But there’s money to be made and fans to be serviced, and so “Fifty Shades Darker” is here to — in the words of Coldplay’s “The Scientist,” covered in Corinne Bailey Rae’s dulcet greige tones over the opening credits — take us back to the start. It’s been three weeks since Anastasia and Christian called off their arrangement (“relationship” is too lofty a term for its first iteration), and apparently much soul-searching, troubled sleeping and pensive pacing across marble floors has taken place in the interim. “I want you back,” he tells her bluntly, somewhat surprisingly not cuing an angsty The Weeknd cover of the Jackson 5 hit on the film’s trigger-happy pop soundtrack. Does she feel likewise, though? Despite the distraction of a dreamy new job as assistant to dreamier publishing house editor Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson), she does — with the wan caveat that their reconciliation proceed with “no rules, no punishment and no more secrets.”

Needless to say, there wouldn’t be much of a movie left if he honored these stipulations and refitted the Red Room of Pain with some comfy ivory banquettes and a selection of Pottery Barn’s finest throw cushions. For all her earlier skittishness, it takes but one fancy dinner and some selfless cunnilingus for Anastasia to admit that she’s ready to return to the Grey side. It’s not long before he’s authoritatively popping vaginal beads inside her person, whisking her off to masked balls (not his own) and forbidding her to go on work trips with her smarmily dashing new boss because “he wants what’s mine.”

If the original film narrowly skated around their relationship’s misogynistic undertow by giving Anastasia a strong, searching, sometimes skeptical point of view, it’s far more difficult here to determine what she wants, or what her prior experience with Christian has made of her. Quite literally requesting to be spanked one minute, then aghast at his aggressively dominant tendencies the next, she essentially retraces her painful arc of discovery from the first film — only with selective flashes of amnesia regarding his cruellest impulses. There’s certainly something to be said here about the chronic compulsive behavior of masochists as well as sadists, but amid its luxurious montages of burrata-smooth flesh, industrial-strength lingerie and bruiseless manhandling, “Fifty Shades Darker” isn’t in the mood to say it.

It’s not just on screen, of course, that the new film has lost its predecessor’s feminine perspective, with Taylor-Johnson and Marcel both stepping down to make way for, respectively, accomplished B-movie veteran Foley and screenwriter Niall Leonard — otherwise known as Mr. E.L. James. Leonard permits his wife’s authorial voice to trickle more floridly through to the finished film than Marcel did: All the novels’ talk of inner goddesses is mercifully still kept at bay, but much of the dialogue here is pure Harlequinese, with Anastasia and Christian’s exchanges particularly missing the first film’s pert, playful zing. If Christian’s sister Mia (pop star Rita Ora, given a couple of scenes this time and mouthily seizing them) rightly observes that he’s “the man with everything but a sense of humor,” it would appear that Anastasia has turned under his influence.

In Leonard’s defense, he’s faithfully working with (even) lesser material than Marcel was. There’s little shape to “Darker’s” baggy retread of the leads’ push-pull seduction, despite a wealth of narrative corners: the aforementioned tension between Anastasia’s boyfriend and boss, some ominous stalking from one of Christian’s former submissives (Bella Heathcote), friction with the abusive sexual instructor of his youth (a fine, tart and sorely underworked Kim Basinger), not to mention a tossed-in helicopter crash that leaves even fewer visible marks than the lovers’ Red Room antics. For all this activity, Anastasia and Christian simply aren’t given that much to do — a climactic romantic act has be consecutively replayed in three different contexts, just so the characters can stretch their legs a bit.

And yet, for all its structural and psychological deficiencies, it’s hard not to enjoy “Fifty Shades Darker” on its own lusciously limited terms. Rebounding from the joylessly lurid genre fug of 2007’s misbegotten “Perfect Stranger,” Foley’s return to the big screen shows some of his velvety class as a trash stylist. He doesn’t approach the plentiful sex scenes, in particular, with quite as much crisp ingenuity as Taylor-Johnson did, but with cinematographer John Schwartzman slathering on the satin finish by the bucketful, they more than suffice as coffee-table titillation. If anything, the film is most seductive outside of either the bedroom or the Red Room, when it succumbs to the sheer lifestyle porn of overly art-directed Venetian parties and platinum Monique Lhuillier gowns. A sweepingly shot yachting sequence may be a shameless rehash of the first film’s vertiginous flying hijinks, but it’s irresistible all the same, scored as it is to the creamy pop perfection of Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik’s “I Don’t Want to Live Forever” — first cut among equals on a savvy background playlist that also includes Halsey, Ora and the ubiquitous Sia.

As for the stars, they grin and bear it as best they can, which is to stay they valiantly don’t grin much at all. So wonderful and resourceful in the first film, Johnson isn’t given even the raw material to make an equivalent impression this time round, but maintains a beguilingly responsive, curious screen presence even through Anastasia’s inscrutable shifts in consciousness. Dornan, sporting an extra coat of stubble and, impossibly, even further evidence of gym hours than before, has even less to work with, but accepts his aesthetic obligations with good grace.

We care not a lick for these beautiful people, nor for their future together, as teased in a glistening mini-trailer for next year’s “Fifty Shades Freed” halfway through the closing credits. Yet to find yourself rooting for their union purely because they’re both so damn hot is to realize that “Fifty Shades Darker” has worked its shallow magic on you. “I was being romantic and then you go and distract me with your kinky f—kery,” Anastasia chides Christian at one point — to which the audience can only conclude that, with all due respect to her dreams of Austen and Brontë, he’s got the better idea.

Reviewed at UGC Ciné Cité Les Halles, Paris, Feb. 8, 2017. MPAA Rating: R. Running time: 118 MIN.

  • Production: A Universal Pictures presentation of a Michael De Luca production in association with Perfect World Pictures. Produced by De Luca, E.L. James, Dana Brunetti, Marcus Viscidi.
  • Crew: Directed by James Foley. Screenplay, Niall Leonard, adapted from the novel by E.L. James. Camera (color, widescreen), John Schwartzman. Editor, Richard Francis-Bruce.
  • With: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Marcia Gay Harden, Kim Basinger, Bella Heathcote, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Victor Rasuk, Robinne Lee, Bruce Altman, Fay Masterson, Andrew Airlie.

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Ten things you need to know before watching 'Fifty Shades Darker'

Put down that whip and zip up your jeans. Here’s what to expect from the return of Ana Steele and her Christian Grey

Ellie Walker-Arnott

‘ Fifty Shades of Grey ’ was the global phenomenon that left us feeling shifty on the tube and nipping to B&Q at the weekends to stock up on cable ties. Now the film franchise is back with second instalment ‘Fifty Shades Darker’. It goes without saying that it’ll involve more ogling of naked flesh, more lip biting and more glimpses of Anastasia’s inner goddess. But what else you can you expect from EL James’s second story?

Been there, done that? Think again, my friend.

What to expect from 'Fifty Shades Darker'

1.  christian and ana are getting back together.

Christian and Ana are getting back together

2.  There’s no contract

There’s no contract

3.  It’s more of a thriller

It’s more of a thriller

4.  There’s a stalker with a gun

There’s a stalker with a gun

5.  But there’s still a lot of sex

But there’s still a lot of sex

6.   And Jamie Dornan with his top off

 And Jamie Dornan with his top off

7.  It’s more about love, though

It’s more about love, though

8.  Christian gets a back story

Christian gets a back story

9.  And another love rival

And another love rival

10.  Oh and there’s also a helicopter crash

Oh and there’s also a helicopter crash

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The 28 Biggest Differences Between Fifty Shades Darker and the Film

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This early Valentine's Day weekend, Fifty Shades Darker premiered in theaters nationwide. The second installment of the trilogy, the film is adapted from E L James's book of the same name. The erotic, romantic drama continues to explore the relationship between recent graduate, Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson), and billionaire entrepreneur, Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). As if navigating their relationship wasn't complicated enough, a crazy ex-girlfriend and a sexually aggressive boss complicate things.

Fortunately for fans, the film sticks closely to the plot of the book, featuring a luxurious lifestyle and elaborate gifts, witty banter and demanding behavior (on Christian's end anyway), and, of course, lots and lots of sex. However, it does stray from the books in a few ways. Some small differences include less domineering and possessive behavior from Christian (yes, that's actually possible), the absence of email and text exchanges (which were frequent in the first film, Fifty Shades of Grey ), and fewer sex scenes — they have to keep the movie under six hours somehow! To learn of some of the bigger changes, including the absence of major new characters, as well as key plot points, read our list below. WARNING: Major spoilers ahead!

  • In the film, Ana attends José's gallery opening on her own and Christian's attendance is a surprise to her. However, in the book, Christian reminds Ana of the show (which she has forgotten), and they attend together as dates.
  • There's no doubt about it — Jack is a major creeper in the movie. His assistants quit abruptly, he openly dislikes Christian, and he eventually assaults Ana in his office. Though his behavior is by no means subtle, it is much more aggressive in the book. He persistently asks Ana to go out with him, comments on her appearance and wardrobe, gives her inappropriate compliments, and he uses her private email exchanges with Christian to blackmail her for sexual favors.
  • In the film, though angry at first, Christian and Ana calmly discuss the work conference in New York, which she's supposed to attend with Jack. They eventually come to an agreement, and she decides not to go. However, in the book, Christian (who has already completed the purchase of SIP) freezes the company's accounts so that they can't go no matter what.
  • In the book, just Ana and Jack are able to attend happy hour. This makes his inappropriate behavior stand out much more than had this scene followed the books, where multiple coworkers join them.
  • In the book, when Christian and Ana attend the masquerade ball, Mia arranges a special dance auction and signs Ana up without her knowledge. After a surprisingly heated bidding war for a dance with Ana, Christian bids $100,000, shocking everyone. This entire sequence is omitted from the film.

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  • In the book, when Ana and Christian attend the ball, Ana meets Christian's maternal grandparents, as well as therapist Dr. Flynn. Though significant in the novel, not a single one of their characters appears in the film.
  • In the film, when returning home from the ball, Ana's car has been vandalized. Suspecting Leila, Christian takes Ana on his boat to keep her safe, not even allowing her into the apartment to retrieve her things. In the book, Christian and Ana are already in the elevator up to the apartment when they learn that something is wrong. After a tense scene between Christian and his security team, the house is deemed clear. However, when Ana recounts seeing a woman in the apartment the night before (which she assumed was a dream), Christian whisks her off to a hotel, using Mr. and Mrs. Taylor (named after his bodyguard) as aliases, to keep her hidden.
  • When Christian first takes Ana to the salon he co-owns with Mrs. Robinson, aka Elena Lincoln, he vows to pick her up and carry her down the street if she doesn't obey him. While a playful threat in the film, he actually goes through with it in the book, carrying her over his shoulder for many blocks.
  • In the film, Taylor (Max Martini) hardly has any lines. However, in the book, he is a prominent character with a backstory. You would never know that he had a young daughter and Christian pays for her education!
  • In the film, Christian explains that the death of Leila's husband causes her to have a breakdown. In the book, Leila leaves her husband for a random man, and it's her lover that dies in the car crash. Subsequently, her husband refuses to have anything to do with her, despite her scary mental state and attempted suicide.

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  • In the first film of the trilogy, Fifty Shades of Grey , Christian buys Ana a car as a college graduation present. This is seen as an outrageous gift, and it often makes Ana uncomfortable. In the book, Fifty Shades Darker , it's revealed that Christian buys the same car for all of his submissives, so it's not all that special. (In Oprah's voice: "You get a car! And, you get a car! Everyone gets a car!")
  • In the book, Christian hires a personal bodyguard just for Ana named Luke Sawyer. He accompanies her to work every day and acts as a partner to Taylor. His character is not present in the film adaptation.
  • In the film, Mrs. Robinson interacts with Ana only twice: at their first official meeting, where they have a heated discussion in the bathroom at the ball, and once more after Christian announces his engagement to Ana. In the book, Mrs. Robinson tries numerous times to contact Ana. She acquires her work email, invites her to lunch, and, after receiving no response, shows up uninvited at Christian's apartment. However, Ana's attitude toward her (strong hatred, in case you were wondering) is the same in both instances.
  • In the book, Kate's brother, Ethan, visits his sister and Ana. Since he's supposed to be staying in the apartment that the two friends share, Ana isn't suspicious when someone buzzes her into her place . . . only to find Leila. Ethan, who is a large character in the books (even dating Christian's sister, Mia), is absent from the film adaptation.
  • In the film, there's no mention of Ana's car after it's found vandalized. However, in the book, Christian takes Ana to a car dealership so that she can choose a replacement.

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  • In the book, José visits Ana in Seattle and, very awkwardly, stays with her and Christian in their apartment. This explains why he's with the family after they gather at the news of Christian's helicopter crash. This entire scene is omitted from the movie.
  • In the first film, Christian sends Ana to a Dr. Greene to get a birth control prescription. Had the sequel followed the book, Ana would have met with Dr. Greene again to have a different kind of birth control administered. Ana tells her that she went off of the pill after she and Christian broke up, and Dr. Greene fears that she could be pregnant . . . which foreshadows events in the final chapter of the series. However, Dr. Greene doesn't make an appearance in Fifty Shades Darker .
  • In the book, as their relationship progresses, Christian takes Ana to view a house that he wants to buy for them. In the film, while Ana and Christian are sailing on his boat, The Grace, she spots a house on the shore and takes an interest in it. However, these are just passing remarks and there's no direct suggestion that Christian will purchase it.
  • In the movie, Ana is at a bar with José, Kate, and Elliot when Elliot relays the news that Christian's chopper is missing. In the books, Elliot is replaced by Kate's brother, Ethan. Absent from the party, Elliot calls Kate on the phone and asks to speak with Ana, giving her the bad news.
  • In the film, while Christian's friends and family are watching the news for information about his crash, the reporter mentions that Christian is an expert pilot. However, viewers never discover what exactly happened to make Charlie Tango go down. In the book, Christian and his team openly suspect sabotage, making it more obvious that Jack Hyde is likely responsible .

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  • In the movie, Kate's presence is sorely missed (by Ana, as well as audience members). In the novel, after returning from her trip with Elliot, Kate finds the contract that Christian had originally drawn up in hopes of making Ana his submissive. Now in on the secret of their BDSM past, Ana confides in Kate and assures her that their relationship has changed.
  • In the film, Taylor drives Ana and Christian to her former apartment so that she can retrieve a few things before moving into his apartment. When she arrives, Leila (who snuck into her place) threatens her with a gun; Christian and Taylor come to the rescue when they hear the gunshot. This sequence of events strays from the book in a couple of ways. First, Kate's brother, Ethan, is staying in their apartment during his visit; Ana goes to check in on him, not to gather things for her move with Christian. Secondly, instead of a gunshot, it's Ethan's eventual arrival that signals a problem to Taylor and Christian — someone other than himself must have let Ana into the apartment.
  • In the film, after Christian forces Ana to leave him alone with Leila, she defies his orders and wanders around the city to clear her head. Afterwards, the only thing she learns of Leila's situation is that she's been hospitalized to get the care she needs. In the book, however, Ana and Ethan go to the bar across the street from her apartment to watch events unfold; Christian's therapist, Dr. Flynn, arrives and (with hospital orderlies in tow) places Leila into a car to the hospital.
  • Aside from the off-putting initial interaction between Leila and Christian, the movie doesn't show much of their encounter. However, in the book, he bathes Leila to soothe her, which thoroughly upsets Ana.
  • In the book, Christian and Ana constantly argue about her diet; she eats rarely and numerous people remark on her weight loss. These exchanges, however, are missing from the movie.
  • In the film, Christian proposes to Ana after waking up from a nightmare. In the book, fearing that he will lose her after telling her about his mother, he proposes while kneeling before her submissively. (This scene is briefly shown in the film.)
  • In both the film and the book, Ana is hesitant to marry Christian. However, in the book, it's only after she speaks with his therapist, Dr. Flynn, that she feels comfortable enough to accept.
  • Lastly, although it may seem like the couple is constantly getting it on, there are a few key sex scenes missing. The book includes a pool table scene , as well as a Red Room birthday celebration.
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After filming was completed for the day, the cast and crew departed Sunset Marina. About an hour later the yacht left the marina and was heading south out of the Howe Sound past Horseshoe Bay. At first I thought they were going to do some more filming with it at sunset but it soon was sighted turning towards downtown Vancouver, going under the Lions Gate Bridge.  They brought it back to the Vancouver Yacht Club for filming in the evening of April 28th.

Thanks to the “London Girls” for such an amazing day on the shore. Mrs.G@girlnextdoor373   @Fiftyfangirl   @emmab1  @hanastasia50

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‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Review: Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan Loosen Up For Sexier, Sillier Sequel

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Don’t let that title fool you: The second entry in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” cinematic trilogy is by no means a darker outing than its predecessor, and the franchise (already set to wrap up with a third feature in 2018) is all the better for it. Whipping up a proper tone for the big screen versions of E.L. James’ wildly popular novels was always going to be the films’ biggest problem, and while director James Foley might not quite nail it, wily injections of humor prove to be an unexpectedly helpful addition to the kinky franchise.

Picking up mere days after the events of Sam Taylor-Johnson’s 2015 “Fifty Shades of Grey,” Foley’s film quickly shifts gears away from the doom and gloom of the first film to give audiences something sexier, sillier and a fair bit soapier. After gliding through a series of literally tattered childhood memories that serve to illuminate just why Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) is — as he so memorably puts it — “fifty shades of fucked up” and a sad-faced opening credits sequence that shows the sorry state of Anastasia Steele ( Dakota Johnson ) post-breakup, “Darker” starts to have a lot more fun.

READ MORE: ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Trailer: Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan Rekindle Their Steamy Love Affair

Desperate to win back Ana, Christian goes to the usual over-the-top ends to impress her, from giant bouquets of delivered roses to  the purchase of an entire set of large-scale portraits shot by Ana’s  other  obsessive devotee, the ever-maligned Jose (Victor Rasuk, friend-zoned as ever). But what Ana wants is something much more simple and respectable (in BDSM parlance, something “vanilla”), something that may never fully satisfy the more complicated parts of Christian’s sexuality. Yet life without Ana just won’t do, and Christian agrees to “renegotiate terms” to satisfy his lady (no actual business meetings and signed contracts required this time).

Ana’s newfound liberation, frequently punctuated by Christian choosing to pleasure her first (in the world of “Fifty Shades,” oral sex is the most reliable barometer of the state of a relationship), never feels fully realized, thanks to a screenplay dominated by scenes comprised of actual nonsense where whole stretches pass with nothing of substance or believability takes place.

Ana will demand to not be locked up in Christian’s spacious apartment, a kept thing, and mere seconds later, she’ll readily be agreeing to move in. It’s a cycle that repeats almost endlessly throughout the film’s slow-moving first hour. If Christian — or the script — felt at all smarter, it would seem like a nasty trick. At least the sex is actually sexier this time around, more bent towards play, rather than punishment.

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Still, Ana does get some of the things she wants most in the world, even if they go against Christian’s very grain. As Christian begins to let Ana in — both physically and emotionally — she learns considerably more about his background, and his particular likes and dislikes. From his messy childhood to a genuinely shocking affection for “The Chronicles of Riddick” (not actually a joke), Ana and the audience both discover shades to Christian the first film never even bothered to hint at.

With both Johnson and Dornan appearing far more comfortable in their roles this second time around, “Darker” drops much of the weirdo pretension that made its predecessor such a humorless slog. There are intentional laughs to be found here, and the soapy shockers that take over during its action-packed third act suit the material in unexpectedly delightful ways. Finally, a “Fifty Shades” film that isn’t afraid of being  fun. 

But fun only goes so far, particularly in a film that still seems bent on loading up somber twists to remind everyone just how “fucked up” this all is. Despite its looser tone, “Darker” does make room for some clunkier, darker elements. Ana keeps seeing a creepy woman hanging around her home and workplace, and her once-accommodating boss (Eric Johnson, whose haircut carries the bulk of his performance) turns quickly nefarious after she rebuffs his unsettling advances. And while tension should all linger around every edge, “Darker” only goes for the scary stuff when the meandering plot needs to push forward.

READ MORE: ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Sequels ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ And ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Will Shoot Back-to-Back

Niall Leonard’s screenplay struggles to hold tight to the film’s many subplots, and seemingly important turns are picked up and dropped with stunning irregularity. Even things that seem essential — and Foley loves to make those moments stand out, all the better to drive home that there’s still a whole other film left to watch — fall by the wayside within the space of seconds. Richard Francis-Bruce’s editing is similarly baffling, and cuts between scenes and whole sequences appear with little rhyme or reason (most worrisome is Francis-Bruce’s tendency to cut a sex scene just when things are actually steaming up).

“Fifty Shades Darker” is at its best when leaning towards the light, embracing its unabashedly sillier elements and letting its stars off the chain (or the rope, or the leash, or whatever handsome but foreboding leather-made object can be found in Christian’s Red Room of Pain). Sex is fun! Romance is sweet! And not every slap needs to leave a mark.

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‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Review: Sequel to Kinky-Romance Hit Is 50 Percent Dumber

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Fifty Shades Dumber is more like it. In our shockingly generous one-star review of Fifty Shades of Grey in 2015, we dismissed the film version of E.L. James’ bestseller as Cinderella porn – an S&M fantasy so sanitized it couldn’t shock Aunt Tillie. Now here’s the followup, again with Dakota Johnson, again vainly trying to have fun as Anastasia Steele. She’s is no longer a virginal English major, but a magazine intern with a head for literature and a bod for sin. As you remember, Ana has parted ways with billionaire hottie Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), because genital clamps and caresses from a cat o’ nine tails aren’t her thing. And Christian, poor baby, can’t get off without them. Her focus now is upping the profits of the publishing house she’s working for by adding young authors who worship the demigods of digital. What a concept!

And what an incredibly, indelibly idiotic movie. James, the British author responsible for this I-like-it-rough book club favorite, showed the perks that come with bestsellerdom: Out went Kelly Marcel, who wrote the first film; in comes Niall Leonard, a.k.a. James’ husband, to maybe shed a little light on all this dominant-submissive stuff. Sam Taylor-Johnson, who directed the original movie, also fought with James; she’s now been replaced by James Foley, who made At Close Range (1986) and the adaptation of Glengarry Glen Ross (1992). This, however, is not Mamet – it’s a beast of roaring stupidity that devours everything in its path, including the veteran filmmaker. Hallmark should buy the rights to Christian’s line to Elena (Kim Basinger), the older woman who seduced him as a boy. “You taught me how to fuck,” he tells her, “but Ana taught me how to love.” If you’ve read about the derisive laughter that greeted this cinematic disaster at its first New York screening, here’s one reason why.

The plot? It’s basically the same as the first time: Ana goes back to Christian after he rescues her from her sexual predator of a boss (Eric Johnson). Christian lets Ana touch him now (hint: he’d been sexually abused as a child), but only in designated areas that he marks on his body with lip gloss. Such gallantry! And for guys looking for Valentine’s Day ideas, our heroine seems to adore her present of vaginal beads – the gift that keeps on giving! – and having her butt spanked a rosy pink. No ugly, red bruises here, except to logic and sanity. And what to make of Ana’s suddenly stunted vocabulary. Seeing Christian’s boat, she sighs “beautiful.” The sight of his mansion evokes another “beautiful.” And eying the gown Christian’s mom (a criminally wasted Marcia Gay Harden) wears to a costume ball, Ana can only say … “beautiful.” Were there only a limited number of words allowed in the script?

As for the sex, it’s utterly joyless. Yes, the bodies of Johnson and Dornan are – wait for it – beautiful. But the only conviction the two stars bring to their roles comes in their mutual awkwardness and eye-rolls that suggest going down on each other is an endurance test they can’t wait to be over. (Will Arnett and Rosario Dawson generate more erotic heat in The Lego Batman Movie. And they’re made of plastic.) Ana calls Christian’s desires “kinky fuckery,” but where the hell is it? Confronted with Christian’s Red Room of Pain, Ana can only gaze at the array of whips and chains and wonder, “Does the maid dust in here?” This softcore swill is hardcore awful. Note to masochists: This team with return to film James’ third book, 50 Shades Freed. You have your work cut out for you. 

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  • Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan were well-cast in Fifty Shades, matching the book characters' ages and descriptions accurately.
  • Despite being slightly older than their characters, both actors brought experience and skill to navigate the intense themes of the film series.
  • The careful consideration of casting was evident, as the box office success of Fifty Shades proves their faithful portrayal of the book characters.

Curiously, Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan don't exactly match the ages of their characters in Fifty Shades of Grey . Based on E.L. James' 2011 book Fifty Shades of Grey , the film revolves around a recent college graduate, Ana Steele (Johnson), who captures the attention of enigmatic businessman Christian Grey (Dornan). Both actors were well-suited and age-appropriate for their roles , aligning with the book characters' descriptions. However, determining their exact ages can be challenging without reference to the book, despite both characters celebrating birthdays during the series.

Both Dornan and Johnson had significant movie roles before the film, proving their experience in the industry despite being cast at a relatively young age. This background proved invaluable as they navigated the film's intense and explicit themes within its compressed timeline. The entire Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy takes place over a several-month span, plus a short epilogue in Fifty Shades Freed that takes place three years in the future. Despite critical reviews of Fifty Shades of Grey ’s pacing and plot, Johnson and Dornan were appropriately cast, as demonstrated by the series' $1.3 billion box office total.

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Dakota Johnson Was 25 Years Old When Filming Fifty Shades Of Grey

Born: october 4, 1989.

Dakota Johnson, born in 1989, was 25 years old when the first movie premiered. She was 24 during much of the filming, having been cast as Ana at the age of 23. In the first movie, Ana Steele was 21 years old, making Johnson's casting age-appropriate. Much of her appeal to Christian revolves around her naivety, having just entered the adult world. In the sequel, Fifty Shades Darker, Johnson was 27 years old while continuing to play the 21-year-old Ana. In the third film, Fifty Shades Freed , Ana turned 22, and in the epilogue, she was presented as 25 years old, while Johnson herself was 28 during filming.

Film Premiere Date Johnson’s Age Ana's Age
February 13, 2015 25 21
February 10, 2017 27 21
February 9, 2018 28 21, 22, 25

Jamie Dornan Was 32 Years Old when Filming Fifty Shades Of Grey

Born: may 1, 1982.

Jamie Dornan, born in 1982, was 32 years old when Fifty Shades of Grey premiered. He was cast for the film at the age of 30, just three years older than Christian, who was 27 at the beginning of the series. Dornan was 34 years old during the filming of Fifty Shades Darker when Christian's 28th birthday occurred, his party becoming a significant plot point in the film. By the time of the third film, Fifty Shades Freed , released in 2018, Dornan was 35 years old, while Christian was still 28 years old, and later 31 in the epilogue.

Film Premiere Date Dornan’s Age Christian's Age
February 13, 2015 32 27
February 10, 2017 34 27, 28
February 9, 2018 35 28, 31

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Based on the book by E.L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey is the first film in the trilogy that follows naive literature student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson), whose life changes upon meeting the complicated and tormented billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dorman). Drawn to each other, the two start a romantic relationship where Steele uncovers Grey's secrets - and explores her own personal desires.

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  • Get ready for steamy romance as the Fifty Shades trilogy hits Netflix this summer.
  • Follow Ana and Christian's ups and downs in the adaptations that surprised critics with their success.
  • Fifty Shades of Grey will be available on June 18, followed by Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed on July 16.

Things are about to get steamier at Netflix , with the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy making its way to the streaming platform over the course of the summer. Fifty Shades of Grey will premiere next week, on June 18, while Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed will be added to the catalog on July 16. The story of how Ana Steele ( Dakota Johnson ) fell in love with Christian Grey ( Jamie Dornan ) goes through many ups and downs, in the three movies that brought the characters created by E.L. James from the page to the screen. At the time of their initial release, the adaptations turned out to be a bigger success than anyone could've expected.

Fifty Shades of Grey earned $569 million at the worldwide box office, with the first installment directed by Sam Taylor Johnson presenting the narrative of Ana, an English Literature student who sees her life changed after an interview with Christian Grey for her school's newspaper. The billionaire leads an eccentric lifestyle, and after making Ana sign non-disclosure agreements connected to the nature of their relationship, he explains exactly how he spends his time with his partners. That was just the beginning for the couple, who would come back for two more films, after the massive amount of success the first movie saw at the worldwide box office.

Fifty Shades Darker once again dominated the box office, earning $381 million in theaters from all over the world, against a modest budget. This time around, the sequel was directed by James Foley , who had previously worked on titles such as Perfect Stranger and The Corruptor . The filmmaker came back to direct Fifty Shades Freed , which earned $372 million. Almost a decade after the first movie made its debut on the big screen, the trilogy will become a part of Netflix's catalog once again.

What Has the Cast of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Been Up To?

After the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy became a massive hit for the studio, the cast of the adaptation starred in a plethora of projects widely differing from the E.L. James adaptations. Dakota Johnson was recently seen in Madame Web , the superhero movie about a paramedic who suddenly gained impressive psychic abilities. Johnson can next be seen in Am I OK? a queer rom-com now streaming on Max. Jamie Dornan became a part of another book adaptation with last year's A Haunting in Venice , where he stepped into the shoes of Dr. Leslie Ferrier in Disney's latest Agatha Christie movie.

Fifty Shades of Grey returns to Netflix on June 18, with Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed following on July 16. Stay tuned to Collider for more updates.

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Literature student Anastasia Steele's life changes forever when she meets handsome, yet tormented, billionaire Christian Grey. 

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Women pose for photos in front of a poster advertising the film "Fifty Shades of Grey" on its ... [+] opening day in Los Angeles on February 12, 2015. The long-anticipated movie version of the bestselling erotic novel began its worldwide rollout opening in theatres across France, Germany, Belgium and Serbia, days ahead of its key target territory the United States. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)

The steamy Dakota Johnson erotic thriller 50 Shades of Grey —which was shredded by critics—will soon stream on Netflix.

Based on the first of author E.L. James’ best-selling 50 Shades book trilogy, 50 Shades of Grey was released in theaters on February 11, 2015—arriving in time for the Valentine’s Day movie crowd. The movie was followed by the sequels 50 Shades Darker in 2017 and Fifty Shades Free in 2018.

As of 2023, per Variety , James’ book trilogy sold more than 165 million copies combined worldwide. But while readers devoured the 50 Shades of Grey books, critics and fans regurgitated the movies based on the global literary sensation.

Debuting on Netflix on Tuesday, 50 Shades of Grey stars Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey, a billionaire businessman who introduces a 21-year-old college senior, Anastasia Steele (Johnson), to his lurid world of sadomasochism.

Fifty Shades of Grey arrives on streamer this week as one of the 10 worst-reviewed movies on Netflix in June .

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Rotten Tomatoes critics gave Fifty Shades of Grey a 25% “rotten” rating based on 280 reviews, while viewers gave the movie a 41% “rotten” Audience Score based on 50,000-plus ratings.

Despite the critical hate, 50 Shades of Grey went on to become a blockbuster at the worldwide box office—earning $166.1 million domestically and $406.6 million internationally for a global tally of $570.7 million, according to The Numbers .

The movie, the box office tracker added, had a $40 million production budget before prints and advertising costs.

The Popularity Of The Film Trilogy Leveled Off After ‘50 Shades Of Grey’

While 50 Shades of Grey defied critics with a massive haul at the worldwide box office, the film’s two sequels didn’t fare quite as well.

The first sequel— Fifty Shades Darker —earned $114.4 million domestically and $266.3 million overseas for a worldwide take of $381.3 million against a $55 million budget before P&A.

The final film in the trilogy— Fifty Shades Freed —made $100.4 in North American ticket sales and $271.5 million internationally for a $371.9 million global tally against a $55 million budget before P&A.

Both Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed were splattered with “rotten” 11% ratings from Rotten Tomatoes critics.

The RT Audience Score for Fifty Shades Darker came in at a “rotten” 48 percent based on 25,000-plus ratings, while 50 Shades Freed earned a franchise-low 38% “rotten” Audience Score based on 5,000-plus ratings.

Only 50 Shades of Grey is debuting on Netflix on Tuesday. Neither 50 Shades Darker nor 50 Shades Freed are available on any subscription streaming services but can be rented on video on demand on several digital platforms for $3.99 each.

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