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Weekend box office: 'Divergent' lives up to the hype, 'Muppets' flops

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Divergent” proved itself to be the next big young-adult franchise this weekend, topping the box office with a $56 million debut. Based on a popular dystopian book series, the film follows a young woman (played by Shailene Woodley) in a futuristic society as she trains to be a member of a warrior faction while contending with a revolution. That opening isn’t nearly as much as “The Hunger Games”, to which this series has often been compared, but it’s still enough to make it one of the most successful films ever that’s based on a young adult novel—and you can be sure, teenagers aren’t the only ones going to see it.

Muppets Most Wanted” was the weekend’s other big new release, and sadly it was a disappointment. Whether it had to do with going up against a big movie like “Divergent” or because people have lost interest in the reborn franchise is hard to say. The movie, a sequel to the popular “Muppets” reboot of a couple years ago, only grossed $16.5 million, but that was still enough to land it in second.

But the biggest surprise of the weekend was easily “God’s Not Dead”. The Christian film—and it has been proved with past movies that Christian films generally find large audiences—which follows a young man as he defends his belief in God opened in less than 800 theaters this weekend, but still grossed an impressive $8.5 million, launching the film into fifth place. “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, which has been in limited release for a few weeks now, expanded to more theaters nationwide this weekend, jumping from eighth to seventh with $6.7 million.

The complete list of the top 12 movies at the box office this weekend is below. Click the links to read my full review of each film.

1. “Divergent”: $56 million

2. “Muppets Most Wanted”: $16.5 million

3. “Mr. Peabody and Sherman”: $11.7 million

4. “300: Rise of an Empire”: $3.6 million

5. “God’s Not Dead”: $8.5 million

6. “Need for Speed”: $7.7 million

7. “The Grand Budapest Hotel”: $6.7 million

8. “Non-Stop”: $6.3 million

9. “The Lego Movie”: $4.1 million

10. “Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club”: $3.1 million

11. “Son of God”: $2.6 million

12. “The Monuments Men”: $975,000

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