March’s third weekend sees two nationwide releases. “Divergent” will be taking over standard and large format screens across the country, while “Muppets Most Wanted” brings Kermit and company back to the silver screen.
Lionsgate and Summit’s “Divergent,” adapted from the hit novel by Veronica Roth and starring Shailene Woodley, is by far the biggest release hitting theaters this weekend. It won’t see the same astronomical March success experienced by “The Hunger Games” in 2012, but there’s enough of a following behind the series to avoid the failures of other recent young adult adaptations. While “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” and “Vampire Academy” combined for about $40 million at the domestic box office, “Divergent” should easily surpass that in just its opening weekend following the success of the novels and the film’s strong marketing push.
“Muppets Most Wanted,” starring Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey, isn’t likely to provide any competition for “Divergent,” but the three big names and their Muppet companions should have a respectable outing over the next three days. While it’s unlikely to see the same level of success reached by its predecessor, a second place finish for the weekend should be a given.