It's been three weeks since Universal dropped the first TV spot for their highly-anticipated sequel Fifty Shades Darker, which hits theaters February 10. For fans who have been eagerly awaiting more footage, the studio has released the second trailer, along with a poster and word that tickets have gone on sale starting today. With tickets going on sale more than two full months before its release, this scintilating sequel could take this franchise to new heights at the box office.
Tickets for Fifty Shades of Grey didn't go on sale until January 11, 2015, a full month before the February 13 release date, which became one of Fandango's top movies in R-rated pre-sales. Fifty Shades of Grey, which introduced Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Fanning as Anastasia Steele, debuted with a Valentine's Day and February record of $85.1 million, en route to $166.1 million domestic and $571 million worldwide, from a $40 million budget. The movie's opening weekend record was shattered earlier this year, when the R-rated Deadpool opened with $132.4 million.
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Darker, the second chapter based on the worldwide bestselling Fifty Shades phenomenon from Universal Pictures. Expanding upon events set in motion in 2015's blockbuster film that grossed more than $560 million globally, the new installment arrives for Valentine's Day and invites you to slip into something a shade darker. This upcoming sequel will go up against Lionsgate's action sequel John Wick: Chapter Two and Warner Bros.' animated spin-off The LEGO Batman Movie.
When a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian's past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together. Also returning from Fifty Shades of Grey are Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden, Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Victor Rasuk, Eloise Mumford and Max Martini, who are joined for the first time by Oscar winner Kim Basinger, Hugh Dancy, Bella Heathcote and Eric Johnson.
Fifty Shades Darker is directed by James Foley (Fear, House of Cards) and once again produced by Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Marcus Viscidi, alongside E L James, the creator of the culture-spanning blockbuster series. The screenplay is by Niall Leonard, based on the book by James. The director and screenwriter are also returning for the final installment in the Fifty Shades trilogy, Fifty Shades Freed, which is set for release on February 9, 2018. Take a look at the new trailer and poster for Fifty Shades Darker below.