Just as we predicted in our Divergent review, the Shailene Woodley-starring film based on the young adult books by Veronica Roth has reversed the trend of YA books turned box office failures. Divergent debuted atop the weekend box office with a $56 million take.
Divergent fared much, much better than previous YA novels that leapt to the silver screen, including Beautiful Creatures and The Mortal Instruments and should keep that trend of Hollywood looking for the “next” big YA book fully alive.
The other big film to open this weekend, Muppets Most Wanted, opened in second place with a highly respectable $16.4 million. Last week’s number one, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, fell to third place with $11.7 million, bringing its total in three weeks of release to $81 million.
Fourth place belonged to another former number one, 300: Rise of an Empire. It added another $8.7 million to its total of $93.8 million, virtually guaranteeing us another chapter in the 300 series.
Closing out the top five was a shocker, the out of nowhere religious movie God’s Not Dead. The film, from Pure/Flix Entertainment, debuted with a $8.6 million total. What is incredibly impressive is God’s Not Dead only played on 780 screens. To put that in perspective, the film just above it on the box office top 10, the 300 sequel, played on 3,470 screens!
And the film with the most weeks under its belt, The LEGO Movie, kept on charging in the top 10. It finished in ninth place, adding $4.1 million to its total of $243.4 million.
Box office top 10:
1. Divergent, $56 million
2. Muppets Most Wanted, $16.4 million
3. Mr. Peabody & Sherman, $11.7 million
4. 300: Rise of an Empire, $8.7 million
5. God’s Not Dead, $8.6 million
6. Need for Speed, $7.9 million
7. The Grand Budapest Hotel, $6.8 million
8. Non-Stop, $6.3 million
9. The LEGO Movie, $4.1 million
10. Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club, $3.1 million
Check out these The LEGO Movie quotes and see why this film won’t quit!
Batman: Relax, everybody. I'm here.
Emmet: Batman? Awesome! Could you make one of these in orange?
Batman: I only work in black. And sometimes, very, very dark gray.