Box office: ‘Divergent’ tramples ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ on Friday – HitFix

‘God’ and ‘Mr. Peabody’ fight for third place


Credit: Summit Entertainment

The box office came up as “Divergent” on Friday, as the highly-anticipated YA adaptation made off with a huge $ 22.8 million on opening day. “Muppets Most Wanted” opened to a surprisingly low $ 4.6 million. 

Summit’s “Divergent,” which stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet, is on track for a weekend debut north of $ 50 million.

It’s good for the second-biggest debut of 2014 so far (trailing “The Lego Movie’s” $ 69 million opening, but it’s significantly behind the opening weekend gross of the first “Twilight” film ($ 69.6 million), let alone “The Hunger Games” ($ 152 million).

Opening in second place was “Muppets,” which will have a hard time topping $ 18 million in its opening frame, and is facing competition from other family films.

2011′s “The Muppets” opened to a much more robust $ 29.9 million. 

The new Christian-themed film “God’s Not Dead” and the animated holdover “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” are batting it out for third place this weekend.

The former picked up $ 2.8 million on Friday from just 780 screens, while the latter earned another $ 2.7 million.

“Sherman” has so far grossed a strong $ 72 million, and may be stealing audiences away from “Muppets” (along with the still popular “Lego Movie”). 

Rounding out the top five was holdover “300: Rise of an Empire,” which plundered another $ 2.4 million on Friday.

Its domestic total stands at $ 87.4 million. It will have a tough time matching the $ 210 million grossed by its predecessor. 

Look for continuing box office updates throughout the weekend and holidays on HitFix. 


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Dave Lewis has been a Los Angeles-based entertainment writer and editor for nearly ten years. Originally hailing from Minneapolis, he moved to L.A. in 1996 to attend USC, before working for various periodicals and web sites including a lengthy stint at He joined the HitFix staff in 2011.

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