5 Reasons Why The Fifty Shades Franchise Keeps Making Money

5 Reasons Why The Fifty Shades Franchise Keeps Making Money

This franchise ain't going nowhere for a long time.

So it's that time of year again. Valentine's day is only a few days away and everyone's trying to make last minute plans. What's funny is that most of them involve one thing in common, going to see the final movie of the Fifty Shades Franchise, Fifty Shades Freed.

Whatever your opinion is on the movies or the books, you have to admit this franchise has been making bank. I've read all three books, along with the other hundred girls in my high school senior year. I've also seen all three movies, the first one against my will by my friends and the other two voluntarily.

This has been part of the global pop culture for the last seven years. The twilight fanfiction by E.L James has become a global phenomenon among millions. It's be read by women, teenage girls, old ladies, the whole nine. The movie franchise just crossed the billion mark this weekend after the movie earned $136.9 million dollars worldwide opening weekend. I've heard so many people ask how these movies are still current, why people go see it, and why they keep getting money.

1. The fantasy of it all

The books have been a favorite among women of all ages. It's sold over 150 million copies worldwide. The fantasy of being whisked off your feet by an attractive and young billionaire and discovering your sensual and sexual identity. The curiosity of the series is what make people want to read it.

They also enjoy the evolution of the relationship of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey from Dominant/Submissive to Boyfriend/Girlfriend to Husband/Wife. There are three books in the trilogy and two books written in the main character, Christian Grey, perspective called Grey and Darker. The sixth book, Freed, is expected to come out in 2019.

2. The book's large fanbase

The fans of the books are beyond dedicated to the franchise. There have been bookclubs and fanfictions revolving around the story. From teenagers to soccer moms to old ladies, they love these books and can't put them down. They support anything the franchise puts out. The love characters in the books the same way we love characters in movies and television.

3. The leads do the book justice

The lead actors, Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, are not only attractive but are well-performing actors. The script may have the worst dialogue but they make best with what they are given and embody their characters. They push themselves to an emotional level when it comes anything funny or dramatic. Also, Jamie Dornan's accent is on point, you would never believe he's from Ireland.

4. Money smart

Shooting movies aren't cheap but Universal has seemed to master the method of producing movies on a budget and getting a high sustainable earning back for them. Sure the movie's earnings go down with every movie but they are still making bank.

With a $50 -$55 million dollar budget with every movie, they make six times more than what it cost to make the movies. The first movie made $571 million dollars worldwide in 2015, The second movie made $381 million in 2017, and as of February 12th, the third movie has grossed $136.9 million dollars. Putting the movie franchise in the billion-dollar club.

5. Good marketing

The marketing strategy by Universal has been on point and persistent. With the first two months of the year being movie droughts for studios, they saw the opportunity of having a successful movie by having near a holiday, Valentine's Day.

They always release a trailer in the fall and the movie comes three months later in the late winter. The calendar works very much in their favor with Valentine's Day falling in the middle of the week. You have a weekend release the week before and then you have a herd of people goes watch it on Valentines Day. That's a guaranteed cash cow flow for the studio.

So is there a possibility of a fourth movie? As of right now, there are no plans for a fourth film and the cast says they said their goodbyes.

But the power of the fans can make things possible. They fought to bring the books to the screen and continue to support the franchise. A possible fourth movie down the road could happen but if not, they still get money from the wine and nail polish.

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To the guy that shot my brother...


To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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