Short of that grossed by fellow YA adaptations “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games,” the $56 million opening weekend haul was nonetheless enough for “Divergent” to claim a box office victory.
Nothing came close to threatening the film’s victory; “Muppets Most Wanted,” the number two film, trailed by nearly $40 million.
Its disappointing $16.5 million haul also greatly trails that of its 2011 predecessor “The Muppets.” Despite releasing mid-week, the 2011 release still managed to claim $29.2 million in its first Friday-Sunday frame.
“Mr. Peabody & Sherman” ($11.7 million) and “300: Rise of an Empire” ($8.7 million) claimed third and fourth. Despite launching in only 780 theaters, new release “God’s Not Dead” followed in fifth place with an impressive $8.6 million take.
It did not, however, win the per-screen average game. Claiming that honor (among films in the top 10) was “Grand Budapest Hotel,” which earned a whopping $6.8 million (and seventh place) from just 3034 screens.