Box Office: Divergent Opens Strong; Muppets Flops
Divergent dominated the box office this weekend, earning a whopping $56 million in its debut, Box Office Mojo reports. Though the young adult dystopian adaptation fell short of Twilight‘s and The Hunger Games‘ debuts, its opening is the second-highest in 2014 so far, behind 300: Rise of an Empire, which fell to fourth place with $8.7 million in its third week.
The same could not be said for Muppets Most Wanted, which landed at No. 2 with a disappointing $16.5 million in its first weekend. That’s just a bit more than half of what The Muppets earned when it opened in 2011.
Last week’s No. 1 movie, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, dropped two spots to No. 3 with $11.7 million. At No. 5 is the Christian drama God’s Not Dead, which opened to the tune of $8.5 million.
In its second week, Need for Speed landed in sixth place with $7.8 million. The Grand Budapest Hotel, after opening in an additional 200-plus theaters this weekend, rose a spot to No. 7 with $6.7 million.