Jamie Dornan (L) and Dakota Johnson (R), seen here at the "Fifty Shades of Grey" premiere in Berlin, are now the stars of the world's number one movie at the weekend box office. Reuters

Soaring above previous studio predictions, “Fifty Shades of Grey” tied up around $90 million stateside as it dominated other international markets abroad. The kinky affair, starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, broke various records including biggest R-rated opening overseas and was Universal’s best day at the international box office. Deadline reports “Fifty Shades” is on top of the box office in 55 markets making for a total international weekend gross of $158 million.

Closer to home, “Fifty Shades” raked in about $30 million for its first day debut on Thursday night and Friday screenings where women made up a majority of the audience. With Valentine’s Day, “Fifty Shades of Grey” scored an impressive $36 million among an audience that was 59% under the age of 30. The other big debut this week, “Kingsmen: The Secret Service,” landed softly within its range, taking home around $35 million for its troubles.

This makes “Fifty Shades of Grey” one of the largest box office entries to be helmed by a female director. Hopefully, Universal studio heads or E.L. James won’t change their minds on director Sam Taylor-Johnson and will keep her on for the duration of the series. Otherwise, it could be another disappointing “Twilight” parallel where a strong opening debut made by a woman director has its sequels given to male colleagues. Since the post-“Star Wars” blockbuster era, no woman director has helmed a franchise from start to finish. “Fifty Shades” can break that celluloid ceiling if it continues with Taylor-Johnson.