Lionsgate-Summit’s Divergent will claim the top spot at the domestic box office this weekend with an estimated $54M. While Disney's Muppets Most Wanted fizzled with an $18M debut.

Lionsgate-Summit’s Divergent had an especially strong debut, pulling in over $23 million in Thursday and Friday screenings. That puts the young-adult book-to-film on track for $54 million, give or take a million. This would give Divergent the second-best opening for a 2014 film, after The Lego Movie, which opened to $69 million. While $54 million is nothing to sneeze at it is short of recent projections that were north of $60 million. Critics didn't take a shine to Divergent, with a 40 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences on the otherhand seemed to enjoy the sci-fi adventure quite a bit. It received an 'A' CinemaScore from audiences. That audience was 59% female and 41% male equally over and under the age of twenty-five.

Coming in a distant second this weekend was Disney's Muppets Most Wanted. The sequel will open with a disappointing $18 million. The 2011 The Muppets film, which starred Amy Adams and Jason Segel opened to $41 million over the Thanksgiving holiday, including $29 million for the weekend. The sequel's lackluster totals are probably caused by stiff competition from other family-friendly films, Mr. Peabody & Sherman and The Lego Movie. Audiences gave it a 'B+' CinemaScore.

1). Divergent (LGF), 3,936 theaters / $22.8M Fri.
3-day cume: $54M to $55.9M / Wk 1

2). Muppets Most Wanted (DIS), 3,194 theaters / $4.6M Fri.
3-day cume: $17M to $17.7M / Wk 1

3). Mr. Peabody And Sherman (FOX), 3,607 theaters (0) / $2.7M Fri.
3-day cume: $10.8M to $11M / Total cume: $80.1M to $80.6M / Wk 3

4). 300: Rise Of An Empire (WB), 3,085 theaters (-405) / $2.4M Fri.
3-day cume: $7.9M to $8.1M / Total cume: $93M+ / Wk 3

5). God’s Not Dead (FREE), 780 theaters / $2.8M Fri.
3-day cume: $7.7M to $8M+ / Wk 1

6). Need For Speed (DIS), 3,115 theaters (0) / $2.2M Fri.
3-day cume: $7.1M to $7.4M / Total cume: $29.8M to $30.1M / Wk 2

7). The Grand Budapest Hotel (FSL), 304 theaters (+238) / $1.8M Fri.
3-day cume: $6.1M to $6.3M / Total cume: $12.4M / Wk 3

8). Non-Stop (UNI), 2,945 theaters (-238) / $1.8M Fri.
3-day cume: $6.1M / Total cume: $78.4M / Wk 3

9). The Lego Movie (WB), 2,501 theaters (-539) / $970K Fri.
3-day cume: $3.7M / Total cume: $242.9M / Wk 7

10). Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club (LGF), 1,896 theaters / $939K Fri.
3-day cume: $3M / Total cume: $12.8M / Wk 1

The story is set in a future where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Tris Prior (Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it's too late.

DIVERGENT is directed by Neil Burger (Limitless), and is based on a best-selling book series by Veronica Roth. The cast includes: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Ray Stevenson, Mekhi Phifer, Maggie Q, Jai Courtney, Zoe Kravitz, Ashley Judd and Miles Teller. It's set to hit theaters on March 21st, 2014.
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Omarvls - 3/22/2014, 2:14 PM
Not Hunger Game Numbers
DrDoom - 3/22/2014, 2:15 PM
Just another shit YA franchise.
marvel72 - 3/22/2014, 2:16 PM
not surprised its the next twilight/the hunger games bullshit movie.
Brainiac13 - 3/22/2014, 2:16 PM
Its not bad for this type of movie.

DrunkenNukem - 3/22/2014, 2:17 PM
Damn..Lego movie is still in the top 10
Minato - 3/22/2014, 2:19 PM
Is Divergent any good? Im not a huge fan of Twilight or Hunger Games but I watch them anyway with various concubines.
CherryBomb - 3/22/2014, 2:20 PM

Great news!
People comparing it to Twilight is ridiculous, like for some reason Twilight was the first ever YA movie.
The romance isn't even a central part to the film and Catching Fire was an amazing film, so comparing it to that is entirely positive.
Starfox - 3/22/2014, 2:21 PM
(Shit vs. Shit) Congratulations.

Nick56 - 3/22/2014, 2:23 PM
Divergent just looks like a crappier hunger games, and thats saying something
ALmazing - 3/22/2014, 2:24 PM
I Don't Get It

BatmanHeisenberg - 3/22/2014, 2:25 PM
The Hunger Games 1 & 2 were good. Twilight..... Not so much.
GUNSMITH - 3/22/2014, 2:29 PM
Azazel1 - 3/22/2014, 2:30 PM
[frick]ing retarded film!
Mrsinister - 3/22/2014, 2:31 PM
I loved divergent. I was surprised I liked it so much. The acting was really good too.
ManofSteel23 - 3/22/2014, 2:31 PM
More book to film movies based around a teenage girl and a good looking guy falling in love..BLEGH!
Mrsinister - 3/22/2014, 2:33 PM
Man you guys are so negative. Why? You should be happy a film with a woman as the lead is doing so well. Stop with the negativity.
marvel72 - 3/22/2014, 2:33 PM
the four twilight were/are shit.

the hunger games is shit & for that reason alone i have zero interest in seeing the sequel.

this divergent movie doesn't look any better,so guess what? that's right not gonna watch.
DrDoom - 3/22/2014, 2:38 PM

Maybe if a movie with a half decent story was released with a woman as the lead, I'd be more positive.
xcan - 3/22/2014, 2:39 PM
I honestly would have loved it if she would have stayed on with "Amazing" 2. To see Garf and her performing together would have been the greatest C level un-intentionally funny acting since... well... I don't know as I can't think of an acting duo that bad.

Man, she's a horrible actress, and Garf ain't much better... actually he is, but I just want to punch him in his douchy face.

See you at the movies!

GeekyCheekyChic - 3/22/2014, 2:50 PM
The sequel was already greenlit so they better make a lot more money than that
KINGPEN266 - 3/22/2014, 2:51 PM
ill wait till it come out on on demand,oh well back to bed
CherryBomb - 3/22/2014, 2:53 PM
She's got some beautiful legs.

ComicsToFilm - 3/22/2014, 2:54 PM
MrFridayNights says enough about himself by constantly using RottenTomatoes to decide his opinion.
SugarYumYum - 3/22/2014, 2:55 PM
Colored me surprised. Expected Divergent to fall flat on it's ass.

Looks like a Hunger Games wannabe which is just a Battle Royale wannabe so it gets a meh from me. Maybe I'll catch it on Redbox for a random family movie night.

Muppets 2 honestly doesn't look anywhere as good as the first and didn't have the holiday weekend advantage so not surprised it's not doing as well.
TheAmericanPatriot - 3/22/2014, 2:56 PM
Cap will own all! It doesn't matter.
WorstUserNameEver - 3/22/2014, 3:10 PM

Wow... she really does!
thejon93rd - 3/22/2014, 3:21 PM
It's actually not doing too bad critically, it's got above a 5/10 score amongst RT critics. Most of you fellas haven't even seen this film yet and you're already bashing it. Come on, it's got Kate Winslet in it. It's gotta be worth something, the trailers look alright IMO.
CherryBomb - 3/22/2014, 3:24 PM

All hail Maggie Q!
thor2273 - 3/22/2014, 3:25 PM
another shit YA movie. Next week we have Noah and another shitty Arnold movie. this is all just killing time for Cap
thejon93rd - 3/22/2014, 3:27 PM
Plus, the trailers look far better than the Robocop remake. That's for sure. It made more opening this weekend than the majority of Robocop's domestic take as of now, showing that audiences are more excited to see a female-led action film rather than the exhausting Hollywood remake over-and-over again. At least this is based off of something that hasn't been adapted to the screen before. Give it a break.
thejon93rd - 3/22/2014, 3:29 PM
Sabotage looks pretty good IMO, but Noah looks dull and boring to me. I seriously can't wait for Cap as well, that film is gonna kill it (everything goes).
TheGambitFreak - 3/22/2014, 3:37 PM
I will never watch this movie solely because of Shailene Woodley. Just... No. *Shudders* I watched Hunger Games on RedBox, It had an interesting story and acting was solid but a few nitpicks like her having her bow drawn back for minutes at a time and waving it around peoples heads carelessly really ruined it for me. I would be open to watching Catching Fire if it came on tv or something.
DaVinci31 - 3/22/2014, 3:38 PM
Come on, it's got [x] in it.

That statement means absolute sh*t now, unfortunately.

RexDartEskimoSpy - 3/22/2014, 3:45 PM
It's only Saturday afternoon. How do they know people aren't going to see the Muppets tonight and tomorrow?
CherryBomb - 3/22/2014, 3:52 PM


Wait, you said you won't watch Divergent because of Shailene Woodley, then described no reason why you have a problem with her?? She's a very talented actress and seems like a real genuine person on interviews.
RexDartEskimoSpy - 3/22/2014, 3:53 PM
You'd have to pay me to go to the cinema on Friday night, especially to a movie that just opened that day. I can't be the only one not willing to pay $15 to have the experience ruined by a crowd of squealing fangirls, rowdy douchebags, screaming children, and/or confused oldsters.
NoAssemblyReqd - 3/22/2014, 3:58 PM
Watching MUPPETS tomorrow. Disney oddly dialed back its marketing on the movie -- saw many more ads for it months ago than in the last couple of weeks.
billnye69 - 3/22/2014, 3:58 PM
Probably cuz you get 3x bonus scene points when you buy a ticket to it.
osideous - 3/22/2014, 4:31 PM
No interest in this at all.
ComixBookGuy - 3/22/2014, 4:50 PM
Sorry Disney but the Muppets ain't gonna be bringing in the big bucks like Marvel or Star Wars.
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