"Divergent" tops weekend box office with $56 million debut

Paula David – Fourth Estate Cooperative Reporter

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Young adult film adaptation “Divergent” has grossed an estimated $56 million on its opening weekend, replacing last week’s top hit “Mr. Peabody and Sherman.”

“Divergent” opened on Thursday with an estimated $4.9 million and, according to Box Office Mojo, was projected to earn $53 million over the weekend, three million less than what it actually earned.

Following “Divergent” is “Muppets Most Wanted,” which is also on its opening weekend, with $16.5 million. Last week’s first and second placers “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” and “300: Rise of An Empire,” both on their third week, came in at third and fourth with $11.7 million and $8.6 million respectively.

Religious-themed drama “God’s not Dead,” also on its opening weekend, nabbed the fifth spot with $8.6 million.

Set in a futuristic dystopian city where people are divided into five factions based on virtues, “Divergent” shows how Beatrice “Tris” Prior, played by Shailene Woodley, learns she is a ‘divergent’ who fits into more than one faction and discovers a plot which changes the course of their perfect society.

Based on the bestselling book series by Veronica Roth, “Divergent” also stars Theo James, Ashely Judd, Kate Winslet, Ansel Elgort and Ray Stevenson.

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