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March 21-23 box office results: "Divergent" a clear winner

There are no surprises at the top of the box office charts this weekend. Lionsgate/Summit’s latest young adult adaptation owns the weekend, though it’s not exactly setting the world on fire.

Box office results for March 21-23, 2014-slide0

Comparisons to "The Hunger Games" have been unavoidable for “Divergent.” While its $56 million weekend doesn’t even approach numbers set by “The Hunger Games” or its sequel, it’s not bad considering that's based almost exclusively on fans of the series filling seats. The film will rely on word of mouth to spread to wider, more casual audiences, but that only goes so far considering the film’s average at best reception.

Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” takes the number two spot for the weekend, pulling in an estimated $16.5 million. That’s a little over half of its 2011 predecessor’s opening weekend. While it’s nothing special, that kind of performance is to be expected.

In week three of release, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” and “300: Rise of an Empire” continue to remain relevant. “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” brings home an estimated $11.7 million, while the latest Spartan saga has an estimated weekend total of $8.6 million.

Christian drama film “God’s Not Dead” has a surprisingly strong start, bringing in an estimated $8.5 million and rounding out the top five. Whether final numbers place it above or below “300: Rise of an Empire,” that’s impressive performance from a film showing in 2,200 fewer theaters than its closest competitor for the weekend.

“Need for Speed” continues to spin out, dropping over 50% to an estimated $7.7 million in its second weekend. Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” continues its impressive limited run, with an estimated $6.7 million from just over 300 theaters. Airborne action flick “Non-Stop” follows with an estimated $6.3 million, and everything continues to be awesome for “The LEGO Movie,” as it puts together another $4.1 million. Tyler Perry’s “The Single Moms Club” rounds out the top ten with a weekend total of $3.1 million.

Source: Box Office Mojo

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