“Insurgent,” the second filming the popular “Divergent” film series, understandably topped the box office this weekend with $54 million. Still, that number is slightly short of expectations and just shy of those made by the first film last year.
That first film went on to $288.7 million globally, and the $110 million-budget sequel is on track to perform better overseas even if it ends up weaker or on par domestically. Unfortunately, it also means this is not a “Twilight” or “The Hunger Games”-esque mega franchise like Lionsgate was likely hoping for.
Reviews for the first film were mixed, and those for the second were decidedly worse amongst critics. Its A- CinemaScore indicates it hit well with its target audience.
It also fared a lot better than this weekend’s other major wide release, the Sean Penn-led action thriller “The Gunman,” which nabbed just $5 million and came in fourth. The low-budget “Do You Believe?” tried to cash in on the faith-based crazed but made a paltry $4 million and isn’t going to be a sleeper like last year’s “God’s Not Dead”.
Disney’s “Cinderella” held on well, falling 49% in its second outing for a $34.5 million gross and a $122 million domestic total so far. The Liam Neeson-led “Run All Night” dropped 54% and was third with $5.1 million.
In limited release, “It Follows” continued going strong with a further $352,248 from just 32 screens. It goes wide next weekend.