To the surprise of practically no one, “Fifty Shades of Grey” shattered records at the box office after the film of E.L. James best-selling erotic novel, starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, premiered Valentine’s Day weekend. It was the No. 1 movie in the country, and by Sunday, the film grossed $81.7 million with a projected $90 million by Monday, the Los Angeles Times reported. It was one of the biggest movies to premiere in February, falling second to Mel Gibson’s monster hit “The Passion of the Christ,” which bowed in 2004.
While the flick undoubtedly made money -- it cost only $20 million to produce -- the question of whether or not fans liked it hung in the balance. It naturally generated a buzz on social media, where “Fifty Shades of Grey” fans and Twitter users flocked to discuss the film after months -- even years -- of anticipation.
Some remarked that Johnson, 25, and Dornan, 32, were awkward as the movie’s title roles Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey.
is it really that surprising that jamie dornan and dakota johnson are awkward together i mean really thINK OF WHAT THEYVE DONE
— Georgia (@narryetcashton) February 13, 2015
the relationship between jamie dornan and dakota johnson is so awkward
— meg (@nialldunbars) February 13, 2015
— lauren (@culpepperlauren) February 13, 2015
Others said Johnson’s portrayal of the virginal English lit student was brilliant.
Dakota Johnson was amazing. Loved her
— A.Elizabeth Galvez (@AtripleoG) February 15, 2015
Of course @JamieDornan was amazing but we have to be honest Dakota Johnson totally steals the show. They make an incredible duo.
— Jamie Dornan Life (@JDornanLife) February 13, 2015
— Janine Criselle (@janinecriselle) February 12, 2015
Similarly, some said that there were a few fantastic scenes in the film.
— Julianne ER (@Julianne_ER) February 14, 2015
— FSoG German Fanbase (@FSoGGermany) February 15, 2015
— Summer Allen (@sumone31) February 15, 2015
While some said claimed “Fifty Shades” promoted abuse, Johnson defended the movie. "I know that a lot of people, before seeing the movie, were thinking that maybe it's promoting abuse and violence, but I think it's actually doing the opposite,” she told Digital Spy. "I really don't think that [Anastasia's] a weak, submissive victim. I think that she's a strong woman who is fearlessly exploring herself emotionally and sexually."
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