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Fifty Shades Of Grey Still Holds A Massive Record For Dakota Johnson & Jamie Dornan After 9 Years


  • “Fifty Shades of Grey” remains the top-grossing film for Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, earning nearly $570 million worldwide.
  • Both stars saw success in other films like “21 Jump Street” and “The Social Network,” but the “Fifty Shades” trilogy stood out.
  • The film trilogy raked in a total of $1.32 billion at the box office, making it a major financial success in their careers.

Fifty Shades of Grey still holds a career-best record for both of its stars, Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson. The popular film adaptation of the bestselling novel of the same name by E.L. James was initially released in theaters on February 13, 2015 and struck a chord in the cultural zeitgeist, becoming one of the most profitable and talked about movies of that year. The film, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (Back to Black, Hunters), gave an international spotlight to both Fanning and Johnson, who were at the time still rising leads.

Dakota Johnson, daughter of actor Don Johnson (Miami Vice, Django Unchained), first gained prominence from her supporting role as Ameilia Ritter in David Fincher’s The Social Network. Since then, she has also starred in the celebrated 2012 buddy cop comedy 21 Jump Street and Luca Guadagnino’s 2018 psychological horror Suspiria. Dornan skyrocketed to fame with the release of Fifty Shades of Grey, starring alongside Johnson in the two franchise sequels, Fifty Shades Darker (2017) and Fifty Shades Freed (2018).

Fifty Shades Of Grey Is Still The Biggest Box Office Hit For Dakota Johnson & Jamie Dornan

Fifty Shades of Grey earned just under $570 million worldwide

Surprisingly, Fifty Shades of Grey is still the biggest box office earner for both Johnson and Dornan both domestically and worldwide more than nine years after the film was initially released. Fifty Shades of Grey earned just under $570 million at the worldwide box office, becoming the eleventh highest-grossing movie of 2015, which was topped by Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens’ $2.07 billion box office gross. Jurassic World and Furious 7 finished second and third at the 2015 worldwide box office, respectively.

Outside the Fifty Shades film trilogy, Johnson’s highest-grossing films include The Social Network, which grossed $224 million worldwide against a budget of $40 million, Need For Speed (2014), which grossed roughly $203 million against a $66 million budget, and 21 Jump Street, which pulled in $201.5 million with an estimated budget of $42 million. As for Dornan, his highest-grossing films outside the Fifty Shades film trilogy are Robin Hood (2018), which earned $85 million worldwide, and A Haunting in Venice (2023), which grossed just under $114 million.


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Release Date

Domestic Box Office

Worldwide Box Office

Production Budget

Fifty Shades of Grey

Feb 13, 2015



$40 million

Fifty Shades Darker

Feb 10, 2017



$55 million

Fifty Shades Freed

Feb 9, 2018



$55 million

Source:The Numbers

While Fifty Shades of Grey is still the highest-grossing film of both Johnson’s and Dornan’s acting careers, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed are also both their second and third highest-grossing movies as well. Fifty Shades Darker earned just over $387 million worldwide and Fifty Shades Freed grossed a worldwide total of just under $372 million. Collectively, the Fifty Shades movie trilogy earned a worldwide box office total of roughly $1.32 billion against a cumulative budget of $150 million. Fifty Shades of Grey remains the eleventh highest-grossing R-rated movie ever made to this day.


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