Divergent reigned supreme at the box office this past weekend. The movie based on first time novelist Veronica Roth’s book of the same name, dominated the weekend by pulling in an estimated $56 million dollars. This is a good sign for the movie business, considering most think the real start of the “summer movie season” begins in April, with the much-anticipated release of Captain America: The Winter Solider. Coming in second and disappointing fans of puppetry all over, Muppets Most Wanted had an anemic $16.5 million dollar debut. It seems that family audiences must have been divided by Divergent and Mr. Peabody & Sherman, leaving a smaller group of viewers for Kermit and the gang’s latest adventure. It will be interesting to see how Disney will handle their branding and merchandising for The Muppets, since they don’t have the same cultural impact currently as their other properties, like Marvel and Star Wars. Regardless, Disney is set to have an extremely profitable summer with upcoming releases such as, the sequel to Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy and Maleficient. 300: Rise of the Empire held onto fourth place while God’s Not Dead debuted in 5th place with over $8 million dollars in it’s first week of release. Here are the detailed box office numbers for the weekend of  3/21-3/23:

This Week Movie
Title
Weekend Gross # of Theaters Theater Average Weeks Released Total Gross
1 Divergent $56.00M 3936 $14,228 1 $56.00M
2 Muppets Most Wanted $16.51M 3194 $5,170 1 $16.51M
3 Mr. Peabody & Sherman $11.70M 3607 $3,244 3 $81.00M
4 300: Rise of an Empire $8.67M 3085 $2,809 3 $93.75M
5 God’s Not Dead $8.56M 780 $10,979 1 $8.56M
6 Need For Speed $7.78M 3115 $2,498 2 $30.40M
7 The Grand Budapest Hotel $6.75M 304 $22,204 3 $12.96M
8 Non-Stop $6.35M 2945 $2,155 4 $78.62M
9 The LEGO Movie $4.12M 2501 $1,645 7 $243.35M
10 The Single Moms Club $3.10M 1896 $1,635 2 $12.91M

 

This coming weekend there will be a lot more adult-oriented fare including Noah, Sabatoge and The Raid 2. What are you most looking forward to?

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Source: Fandango

 

-Braxter Timberlake-

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