“Divergent” Wins Box Office Race, “Muppets” Not “Most Wanted”

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.


Written by Dolph Malone

Dolph Malone is a senior editor for Headline Planet and a key contributor to the music and television sectors of the publication.

An avid pop culture spectator, Dolph also helms Headline Planet's social media reporting. He, specifically, covers entertainment stories that are breaking in the key social networks.

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