According to Box Office Mojo, science fiction actioner “Divergent” (buy Cleveland area tickets here) is on track to make over $50 million in its first weekend in release. That puts the film, which follows “The Spectacular Now’s” Shailene Woodley as she becomes wrapped up in a massive conspiracy in a dystopic future society, on par with the first “Twilight” film, which opened to $68 million in 2008. With the next book in Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” trilogy already slated for feature adaptation, the franchise looks to become the new Hunger Games.”
But where “Divergent” has succeeded, many other multimedia properties have failed to capture the imaginations of young adult audiences and have died quick deaths at the box office. Here’s look back at nine young adult novel adaptations that didn’t become the next big thing.
Mario McKellop has written about film on Examiner for the last three years and can be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.