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.
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 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”).
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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