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'Divergent' dominates 'Muppets' at weekend box office; 'Noah' opens Friday

Divergent dominated the domestic box office on its opening weekend, while 'Muppets Most Wanted' mustered a disappointing debut, according to industry figures reported by movie tracking site Box Office Mojo on Monday.

‘Divergent,’ a young adult dystopian action film based on the best-selling Veronica Roth novel, grossed $54.6 million in ticket sales from Friday to Sunday.

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ starring Ricky Gervias and Tina Fey opened far behind at No. 2 with $17 million.

Last week’s No. 1, animated adventure comedy ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman,’ slipped to No. 3 in its third weekend, earning $11.8 million for a total of $81.1 million since opening March 7.

Christian drama ‘God’s Not Dead’ debuted at No. 4 with $9.2 million, a surprisingly strong showing since the film opened in only 780 theaters compared to ‘Muppets’ which opened in nearly 3,200 theaters.

Action sequel ‘300: Rise of an Empire’ fell three spots to No. 5 in its third weekend, earning $8.5 million for a total of $93.5 million since opening March 7.

FRIDAY’S NATIONWIDE MOVIE RELEASES

  • A man chosen by God undertakes a rescue mission of biblical proportions before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world in adventure drama Noah starring Russell Crowe. Rated PG-13. Watch the official trailer here.
  • Members of an elite drug task force are targeted after robbing a drug cartel safe house in R-rated action crime drama ‘Sabotage’ starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Watch the official trailer here.
  • The life of an American civil rights activist and labor organizer is chronicled in biographical drama ‘Cesar Chavez.’ Rated PG-13. Watch the official trailer here.
  • The adventures of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel are recounted in offbeat period dramedy 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' starring Ralph Fiennes ('Harry Potter') and directed by Wes Anderson ('Moonrise Kingdom'). Watch the official trailer here.
  • A 40-year-old middle school dropout finds a loophole in a national spelling bee's rules and decides to cause trouble for the competition in subversive R-rated comedy 'Bad Words' starring Jason Bateman ('Identity Thief'). It's also Bateman's feature directorial debut. Watch the official trailer here.