“Divergent” successfully lured young moviegoers, as the teen science-fiction thriller debuted with $56 million over the weekend, studio estimates show.
Defeating Lego Movie
The opening launches Lionsgate’s third franchise built on young-adult best-sellers.
“Divergent,” though, fell short of studio’s other teen franchises. “Twilight” opened with $69.6 million in 2008, while “The Hunger Games”earned $152.5 million at the box office in 2012.
Still, “Divergent” is the second largest opening this year, after “The Lego Movie.”
Last weekend’s box office No.1 was the animated film “Mr. Peabody and Sherman,” which is now the third place in its third week of release.
The next Hunger Games?
Lionsgate’s adaptation of Veronica Roth’s best-selling novels, starring Shailene Woodley, tells the story of a young woman fighting for freedom and survival in a dystopian society.
There were speculations as to whether “Divergent” would be the next “Hunger Games.”
The film solidly met expectations without exceeding them.