‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ opened at No. 1 Heating Up International Box Office With Record $158 Million Debut!

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In addition to being at the top of the North American box office, Fifty Shades of Grey has opened at No. 1 in 56 of the 57 territories where it’s debuted.

The erotic drama, which began rolling out internationally on Wednesday, is on its way to setting foreign box office records.

It grossed $38 million on Friday for an early total of $66 million. The film is on track for an international weekend take of $158.3 million over the three-day holiday, which would make it Universal’s second highest opening weekend of all time, just behind “Fast & Furious 6” ($160.3 million). This puts it on track for a global debut of $234 million.

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This also means that the film is dominating 2003’s “The Matrix Revolutions” ($117 million) for the highest-grossing international opening weekend ever for an R-rated movie.

In North America, the movie earned $30.2 million on Friday and is poised to reel in $76 million over Valentine’s Day and the Presidents Day weekend.

Aside from giving Universal its largest opening day of all time in 25 foreign markets, “Fifty Shades” also saw the biggest opening day for an R-rated film in 34 territories.

The U.K. and Ireland led the pack with $7.1 million in a single day, the biggest opening day ever in February as well as the biggest opening day for an 18-rated film.

“Fifty Shades” brought in $5.5 million in Germany for the biggest February opening day of all time; $4.9 million in France; $4.6 million in Russia, where it also had the biggest non-franchise opening day and best opening day for a 16+ or 18+ film; and $4 million in Italy, where it set yer another R-rated opening day record.

The pic, starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, is adapted from E.L. James’ romance novel trilogy, which was a global hit, selling more than 100 million copies worldwide after being translated into 52 languages.

The pic will launch in five more territories, including Korea and the United Arab Emirates, by March 5.

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Dubai Police releases a new Breathtaking Video showing off the fastest Police Car Fleet in the World!

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Dubai Police continue to remind the world of having the fastest police car fleet in the world through a new breathtaking video.

The video shows a night chase carried out by the Dubai police cars on public roads, before the main task, namely to add a distinctive landmark on the city visited by millions of tourists from all over the world every year. It is noteworthy that the Dubai police began to form an ultra fleet with the superior Italian car Ferrari FF followed later on by each of the Lamborghini Aventador, the Bentley Continental GT, Mercedes SLS, Aston Martin One 77, Audi R8 and Nissan GT ATR, BMW M6 Gran Coupe, Camaro SS, Ford Mustang, Mercedes G Class Brabus, Mercedes DSL, the Bugatti Veyron, McLaren and lowpass 4-12 C and the Chevrolet Impala.

One of the latest cars that joined the Dubai Police are the Lexus RC F and the Toyota Land Cruiser.

Box Office: Jupiter Ascending, Seventh Son Bombing in Debuts

Box Office: Jupiter Ascending, Seventh Son

It’s not often that Hollywood releases two major theatrical bombs on the same weekend. But that’s what happened when “Jupiter Ascending” and “Seventh Son” both crashed in U.S. theaters on Friday.

Warner Bros.’ “Jupiter Ascending,” starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, is quickly falling in box office estimates to a skimpy $18 million opening. With a budget of $175 million, the Wachowskis’ sci-fi tentpole could lose tens of millions barring a dramatic turnaround overseas.

The forecast for Universal and Legendary’s long-delayed “Seventh Son,” starring Jeff Bridges, isn’t much brighter. The medieval fantasy tentpole has a projected loss of $85 million, as Varietyexclusively reported this week, despite earning $82 million at the international box office. It’s on track for only $6.6 million in its U.S. debut.

Neither of the B.O. casualties are a shock — both pics were long-delayed due to poor tracking, and Paramount’s “The Spongebob Movie,” which is soaking up $53 million this weekend, was originally projected to win the weekend. Still, the lousy ticket sales are a black eye for investors and filmmakers.

Andy and Lana Wachowski, masterminds of “The Matrix,” have yet to find commercial or critical success since their Keanu Reeves trilogy. Their previous two efforts, “Cloud Atlas” and “Speed Racer,” made a combined $67 million domestically.

The stylish filmmakers assumed that heartthrob Channing Tatum could attract more younger viewers to “Jupiter Ascending.” But Tatum is barely recognizable in the 3D  film, looking more like an elf than a sexy bounty hunter.

The sci-fi space opera earned a B- Cinemascore from moviegoers and a not-so-fresh 22% rating on RottenTomatoes.

WB had originally scheduled “Jupiter” for a prime summer release in July 2014 before pulling the plug six weeks prior to “complete special effects,” but buzz on the film was negative.

Jeff Bridges, meanwhile, is experiencing his own financial follies in recent years. The “Seventh Son” actor’s last two wide releases, “R.I.P.D.” and “The Giver,” both disappointed at the box office.

“Seventh Son,” directed by Sergei Bodrov, began filming in March 2012 and has had four different release dates. Co-starring Julianne Moore and Ben Barnes, the movie is based on Joseph Delaney’s literary series “The Spook’s Apprentice,” about a young hero with magical abilities.

Next week, Universal’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” is expected to heat up an otherwise chilly winter at the box office. Despite Warner Bros.’ smash hit “American Sniper,” several movies have tanked domestically, including Johnny Depp’s “Mortdecai” and Michael Mann’s “Blackhat,” starring Chris Hemsworth.

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Sourcesstarring Julianne Moore and Ben Barnes, the movie is based on Joseph Delaney’s literary series “The Spook’s Apprentice,” about a young hero with magical abilities.

Next week, Universal’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” is expected to heat up an otherwise chilly winter at the box office. Despite Warner Bros.’ smash hit “American Sniper,” several movies have tanked domestically, including Johnny Depp’s “Mortdecai” and Michael Mann’s “Blackhat,” starring Chris Hemsworth.

Leaked photo shows the Samsung Galaxy Edge (Dual Edged) and the Galaxy S6!

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ZDNet Korea and CNET Korea have obtained an exclusive photo from sources at South Korean distributors of Samsung Electronics’ handsets of what looks like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 “Edge”.

The photo shows five phones with “Galaxy S6″ and “Galaxy Edge” written at the top-right side.

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Leaked Photo: Five phones that appear to be the Galaxy S6 and its dual-edged version, called Galaxy Edge.

First, from left, is what appears to be a coverless standard Galaxy S6, while the second is the flagship phone wrapped in covers made by Verus, a top South Korean smartphone cover maker.

The fourth, and a fifth lying down, shows phones that are edged on the side. The photo confirms that the Edge version of the S6 will be dual edged: On the fourth, the right side is edged, and the fifth shows that the left side is edged, which means that both sides are wrapped by the display.

The fifth phone shows that the bezel — which looks metallic and quite thick — of the visible edged side, unlike the Galaxy Note Edge, is protruding outwards. This seems to indicate that the fork-looking silver line shown in Samsung’s recently sent invitation was the hint for the particular wraparound design of the Edge.

The physical home button is still very much alive, it seems, while the glimpse of the fifth phone shows that the front of the S6 will resemble its predecessors the S5, S4, and S3.

The image strikingly resembles recently leaked schematics of the S6 from SamMobile, if it was fleshed out.

It is unclear from the photo whether the S6 and its edged brother are fully metal, or whether it will be unibody. But it is clear that the outer rims are metal, much like the S5.

edge-promo-comparisonOne of the sources told ZDNet Korea that South Korean smartphone case makers are already mass producing cases for the S6 and its edged version based on the phones themselves and metal moulds of them provided by Samsung.

Separately, Samsung insiders have told ZDNet Korea that the “Edge” version of the Galaxy S6 will be dual edged, and that the edged sides will be symmetrical. It will also use aluminium.

Samsung SDI said it is ramping up production of polyester batteries for unspecified clients.

Some believe this is an indication that the S6 will be unibody and will pack a polyester battery. A Verus spokesperson declined to comment.

Samsung spokespersons were unavailable for comment at the time of writing.

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Samsung used the Galaxy A5 and A3 to set the world record for the most selfies taken in 24 hoursSamsung used the Galaxy A5 and A3 to set the world record for the most selfies taken in 24 hours

Samsung recently tried to break the Guinness World Record for the most selfies taken in one day (24 hours), and, with the help of its Galaxy A5 and A3, it succeeded. The attempt took place in South Africa (Johannesburg and Cape Town), following the launch of the two Galaxy A series smartphones there.

Obviously, Samsung invited regular people to join the selfie madness and help it break the record. In the end, 12,803 selfies were snapped with Samsung’s Galaxy A handsets – almost 3,000 more over the previous record. During the attempt, Samsung gave away 100 Galaxy A handsets and lots of selfie sticks to encourage people to participate.