Divergent Stays No. 1 in the Box Office with a $56 Million Debut

By Hannah Aven Guarin | 4 years ago
Divergent Stays No. 1 in the Box Office with a $56 Million Debut
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For some critics, “Divergent” failed to meet their expectations of a young adult novel turned into film. However, the movie managed to earn $56 million upon its debut. According to Huffington Post, it was one of 2014’s biggest opening sales.

However, the film adaptation of Veronica Roth’s novel, which stars Shailene Woodley, did not match up to the likes of “Hunger Games” which earned $152.5 million upon its debut in 2012 and “Twilight” with  $69.6 million in 2008.

So far, “Divergent” ranked second to the largest grosser as of 2014 opening, “The Lego Movie.” In a detailed information from Comingsoon.net, the franchise’s $56 million reportedly came from 3,396 theatres, with over $14,000 per location. Moreover, $5 million of that amount came from 348 IMAX theatres.

Following the film’s lead was Walt Disney Picture’s “Muppets Most Wanted,” which earned $16.5 million upon its debut.

Meanwhile, although “Divergent” was pegged to be the next “Twilight” or “Hunger Games,” Forbes tried to break off with the idea by providing an analysis on why “Divergent” would not make it to the hit films’ levels.  The publication pointed out the film’s uniqueness was insignificant as compared with the aforementioned movies. Its premise was somehow complicated that it received not-so-nice reviews from top critics, such as from Rotten Tomatoes. The film was given a 40% rating.

In fact, in a review from Globe and Mail’s Liam Lacey, a Rotten Tomatoes top critic, he cited the film’s title “Divergent” as misleading. In addition, he also mentioned in the article about Woodley’s shyness and miniscule physical appearance that contrasts with Jennifer Lawrence’s character Katniss Everdeen. But, Lacey emphasized that the contrast between the heroines could be useful.

“At almost 21/2 hours, Divergent is repetitiously brutal and drab, with sets that resemble warehouses and industrial junkyards; the action rarely emerges into the daylight before the climactic gun battle,” said Lacey in the Globe and Mail report.

Among the 59% of the female characters played in the film, 50% of which were below 25 years old. The 18-year-olds rated the film with an A+. Furthermore, those who have read the book only fall to 50% of those who have watched the film, whereas 76% for “Hunger Games” and 74% for “Twilight.”

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