LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Fifty Shades Freed" topped the North American box office in its first weekend in theaters.
Universal Pictures estimates Sunday that the final chapter in the Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele saga has earned $38.8 million, which is down significantly from the first film's $85.2 million debut and the sequel's $46.6 million opening.
The steamy romance outdid other new competitors such as the live-action update of "Peter Rabbit" and Clint Eastwood's "The 15:17 to Paris."
''Peter Rabbit" hopped to second place with $25 million, and "The 15:17 to Paris" pulled into third place with $12.6 million.
"Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" fell to fourth place with $9.8 million, and "The Greatest Showman" took fifth with $6.4 million.