Lionsgate birthed a new franchise this weekend with the success of Divergent. The studio, which spent $85 million to make the adaptation of Veronica Roth's young adult novels, must be extremely pleased with the film's $56 million take at the box office this weekend.
The film, starring Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, Mekhi Phifer and others, is about a young woman who poses a threat to society after failing to fit into one of five strictly controlled factions.
Muppets Most Wanted came in second place but fell far short of expectations with $16.5 million in ticket sales. It was a career-worst opening for the fuzzy characters.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman took the third place slot with $11.7 million.
Rounding out the top five were 300: Rise of an Empire and God’s Not Dead, a faith-based film which performed outstanding for a limited release film. They brought in $8.6 and $8.5 million respectively.
Next week, Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky will attempt to claim the crown with his biblical epic Noah, while political biopic Cesar Chavez and thriller The Raid 2 will also try to chart.
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