Weekend box office: Divergent beats out The Muppets Most Wanted
As expected, DIVERGENT took the top spot at the weekend box office, easily beating out THE MUPPETS MOST WANTED. And by most accounts, the film’s $50+ million haul is a success. But DIVERGENT (click the link to read our review) is no TWILIGHT and it’s definitely not THE HUNGER GAMES. To put it in perspective with the other two major YA adaptations, the first TWILIGHT pulled in around $69 million on its opening weekend while THE HUNGER GAMES did an impressive $152 million. And of course their sequels did even more, so if DIVERGENT follows suit, it should be a profitable franchise for the foreseeable future. As for THE MUPPETS MOST WANTED, I think the film left audiences disappointed, especially given how great the first one is. But the movie serves as proof as to how difficult it is to make a good Muppets movie. For starters, the Muppets have to be the star of the movie because they’re what people want to see. For those of you keeping track, this is the first time since its release that FROZEN has fallen out of the top ten, probably because everyone ran out to buy the Blu-ray.
Next week sees the much anticipated release of Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH. It feels like NOAH has been in production for decades, so it will be nice to see what Aronofsky has been working on. We also get Arnold Schwarzenegger back in a decent action role in SABOTAGE. My guess is that DIVERGENT makes it two in a row, with a push from NOAH. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.
1. Divergent $56m
2. The Muppets Most Wanted $16.5m
3. Mr. Peabody and Sherman $11.7m
4. 300: Rise of an Empire $8.6m
5. God’s Not Dead $8.5m
6. Need For Speed $7.8m
7. The Grand Budapest Hotel $6.7m
8. Non-Stop $6.3m
9. The Lego Movie $4.1m
10. Tyler Perry’s Single Moms Club $3.1m