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Published:Thursday | February 26, 2015 | 12:00 AM
This photo provided by Microsoft shows key art from 'Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious'.
Dakota Johnson (left) and Jamie Dornan in the film 'Fifty Shades of Grey'.

'Fifty Shades' dominates box office again with $22.2 million

Fifty Shades of Grey stayed on top of the box office.

Universal's erotic drama starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan earned $22.2 million at No. 1 in its second weekend at the box office. The total domestic haul for the adaptation of E.L. James' bestselling novel now stands at $129.1 million.

The action spy film, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and the family friendly, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, similarly maintained their respective No. 2 and No. 3 spots.

Fox's Kingsman grabbed $18.3 million, while Paramount's SpongeBob surfed away with $16.7 million.

'Forza' creators revving up 'Fast & Furious' video game

Fast and Furious and Forza are hitching a ride together.

The hugely successful movie franchise is teaming up with the critically acclaimed 'Forza' racing series, for a video game featuring cars and missions inspired by Universal Pictures' Fast and Furious film series. The downloadable title will serve as an expansion to 'Forza Horizon 2', the latest open-world edition of Turn 10 Studios' Forza Motorsport game franchise.

"We've been talking with the folks at Turn 10 for a number of years and have always wanted to work together," said Bill Kispert, executive vice-president of digital licensing at Fast and Furious studio Universal. "It was a matter of schedules, capacity and a film coming together at the right time. It finally has, and we're excited to collaborate with Turn 10."

'Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast and Furious' will launch March 27 for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The stand-alone title will not require Forza Horizon 2 and will be available for free until April 10 to promote the April 3 release of 'Furious 7', the latest instalment in the film series. After that date, the Fast and Furious-themed expansion will cost gamers $10.

Set before the movie, the game casts players as a driver in France tasked with sourcing vehicles for mechanic Tej Parker (portrayed by Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges in the films and game). The automobiles are virtual renditions of those in the Fast and Furious movies, such as the iconic 1970 Dodge Charger R/T driven by Vin Diesel's character Dominic Toretto.

The game will include such Furious 7 rides as a 1998 Toyota Supra, 1970 Plymouth Road Runner, 2012 Nissan

GT-R, 1970 Plymouth Cuda, 2013 Jeep Wrangler, 2014 Maserati Ghibli S and 2015 Dodge Charger.