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‘Divergent’ dominates weekend box-office’

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Girl power is once again dominating the box-office with yet another teen novel turned into big screen franchise phenomenon. As the “Hunger Games” craze somewhat dies down with only two movies left, “Divergent” is the next novel-turned-film franchise to try win over moviegoers and it appears to have done just that.

As Box-Office Mojo reported today, Lionsgate’s “Divergent” -- starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James -- dominated this weekend with $56 million in ticket sales.

According to Anousha Sakoui, BoxOffice.com had projected $54 million in receipts for “Divergent,” but since lowered it from initial projections of $68 million. Some say that investors are apparently watching how the movie performs to see if the studio can repeat the success of it’s previous young-adult novels turned movie dramas such as it’s predecessors “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games.” It seems like the studio’s main focus is on dark, violent young heroes fighting for the future. “Divergent” is based on three popular young-adult novels from Veronica Roth which have sold over 17.6 million copies.

The movie follows a young woman name Tris (Woodley) in a society where people are classified on their virtues such as bravery and intelligence. She learns she’s part of a group seen as dangerous and targeted for annihilation. Sounds like a typical teen drama movie.

While “Divergent is the “King” or “Queen” of the Box-Office, there’s still love for the beloved Muppets. Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” brought in $16 Million, which is far short of the debut of 2011’s “The Muppets” which grossed over $29 million during the holiday weekend in 2011. The sequel debuted in the number two spot at the box-office. The Fox studios animated film “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” fell from top spot to the third spot with only $11 million while both “300: Rise of an Empire” and “God’s not Dead” both averaged around the $8 million mark during the weekend.

According to Deadline.com here’s the full list of the top ten films for this weekend:

1). Divergent (LGF), 3,936 theaters / $22.8M Fri. / 19.75M Sat. to $19.9M (-12% to 14%) / $13.9M Sun. (-30%) / 3-day cume: $56M to $56.7M / Wk 1

2). Muppets Most Wanted (DIS), 3,194 theaters / $4.6M Fri. / $7.1M Sat. (+53%) / $5M to $5.3M Sun. (-25%) / 3-day cume: $16.5M to $17M / Wk 1

3). Mr. Peabody And Sherman (FOX), 3,607 theaters (0) / $2.7M Fri. / $5.3M (+95%) / $3.97 (-25%) / 3-day cume: $11.7M to $12M / Total cume: $81M+ / Wk 3

4). God’s Not Dead (FREE), 780 theaters / $2.79M Fri. / $3.3M Sat. (+18%) / $2.1M to $2.7M (-15% to 20%) / 3-day cume: $8.6M to $8.9M / Wk 1

5). 300: Rise Of An Empire (WB), 3,085 theaters (-405) / $2.4M Fri. / $3.6M +53%) / $2.5M (-30) / 3-day cume: $8.6M / Total cume: $93.7M / Wk 3

6). Need For Speed (DIS), 3,115 theaters (0) / $2.2M Fri./ $3.3M Sat. (+52%) / $2.1M Sun. (-35%) / 3-day cume: $7.6M to $7.8M+ / Total cume: $30.2M to $30.4M / Wk 2

7). The Grand Budapest Hotel (FSL), 304 theaters (+238) / $1.8M Fri. / $2.9M Sat. (+55%) / $2.2M Sun. (-25%) / 3-day cume: $6.75M to $7M / Per screen: $21,500K to $23,100K / Total cume: $12.9M to $13.1M / Wk 3

8). Non-Stop (UNI), 2,945 theaters (-238) / $1.8M Fri./ $2.9M Sat. (+57%) / $1.7M Sun. (-40%) / 3-day cume: $6.3M / Total cume: $78.6M / Wk 3

9). The Lego Movie (WB), 2,501 theaters (-539) / $975K Fri. / $1.8M Sat. (+92%) / $1.2M Sun. (-30%) / 3-day cume: $4.1M / Total cume: $243.3M / Wk 7

10). Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club (LGF), 1,896 theaters / $939K Fri./ $1.4M Sat. (+52%) / $71M Sun. (-62%) / 3-day cume: $3M+ / Total cume: $12.8M / Wk 1

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