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'Divergent' delivers an impressive $56 million opening while 'Muppets' fumble

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Every single weekend, studios wait in anticipation to see impressive numbers at the box office and every weekend, I cannot help but think about Arthur Abbott and his wise words from from "The Holiday" (2006). While I cannot find the exact quote, I can remember him stating that box office success did not dictate the success of whether a film was deemed successful or not. This is not so much the case now, which makes a lot of people yearn for the days of old Hollywood once more. The days where a movie could have a longer run and build up success by word of mouth. People miss the days as Arthur states where the box office results were not reported like "like baseball scores on the nightly news." Despite this, we all eagerly await the results each and every weekend.

The box office results for the the weekend of Mar. 21, 2014 through Mar. 23, 2014 are the following:

  1. "Divergent" (2014); Weekend Gross: $54.6M; Overall Gross: $54.6M; Weeks: 1
  2. "Muppets Most Wanted" (2014); Weekend Gross: $17M; Overall Gross: $17M; Weeks: 1
  3. "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" (2014); Weekend Gross: $11.8M; Overall Gross: $81.1M; Weeks: 3
  4. "God's Not Dead" (2014); Weekend Gross: $9.2M; Overall Gross: $9.2M; Weeks: 1
  5. "300: Rise of an Empire" (2014); Weekend Gross: $8.5M; Overall Gross: $93.6M; Weeks: 3
  6. "Need for Speed" (2014); Weekend Gross: $7.9M; Overall Gross: $30.6M; Weeks: 2
  7. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (2014); Weekend Gross: $6.8M; Overall Gross: $13M; Weeks: 3
  8. "Non-Stop" (2014); Weekend Gross: $6.4M; Overall Gross: $78.7M; Weeks: 4
  9. "The Lego Movie" (2014); Weekend Gross: $4.1M; Overall Gross: $243.4M; Weeks: 7
  10. "The Single Moms Club" (2014); Weekend Gross: $3.1M; Overall Gross: $12.9M; Weeks: 2

At this time last year, the box office results were the following:

  1. "The Croods" (2013); Weekend Gross: $43.6M; Overall Gross: $43.6M; Weeks: 1
  2. "Olympus Has Fallen" (2013); Weekend Gross: $30.3M; Overall Gross: $30.3M; Weeks: 1
  3. "Oz The Great and Powerful" (2013); Weekend Gross: $21.5M; Overall Gross: $177M; Weeks: 3
  4. "The Call" (2013); Weekend Gross: $8.9M; Overall Gross: $17.1M; Weeks: 2
  5. "Admission" (2013); Weekend Gross: $6.1M; Overall Gross: $6.1M; Weeks: 1
  6. "Spring Breakers" (2013); Weekend Gross: $4.8M; Overall Gross: $5.2M; Weeks: 2
  7. "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" (2013); Weekend Gross: $4.3M; Overall Gross: $17.4M; Weeks: 2
  8. "Jack the Giant Slayer" (2013); Weekend Gross: $2.9M; Overall Gross: $59M; Weeks: 4
  9. "Identity Thief" (2013); Weekend Gross: $2.5M; Overall Gross: $127.7M; Weeks: 7
  10. "Snitch" (2013); Weekend Gross: $1.8M; Overall Gross: $40.2M; Weeks: 5

To continue comparing box office statistics from last year to this year, please click here.

For those interested in viewing any of the aforementioned features in theaters, in Austell, the safe bets are always Carmike Cinemas Movies 14 and Regal Stadium 22 in Austell.

If you are interested in renting any of the films mentioned from last year, make sure to check out the titles through Videodrome, Netflix, or movie channels based upon your cable or satellite provider.

To purchase any Blu-rays or DVDs mentioned in this article please check out your local Austell Movie Stop, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, or Kmart.

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