“Allegiant,” the third film in the “Divergent” young adult franchise, opened last night to $2.4 million at Thursday night previews.
That’s considerably down from the strong $4.1 million that its predecessor “Insurgent” scored last year – a film that went on to earn $52.3 million in its opening weekend. “Allegiant” is currently tracking to earn $30 to $40 million in its debut in the United States.
Critics have been utterly savage in their reviews of “Allegiant”. On Metacritic, the first film scored a 48/100, the second slipped to 42/100 and now the third has fallen to just 34/100. On Rotten Tomatoes it has fared even worse – the first film’s 40% dropped to 29% for the sequel and now has plunged to just 10% for the third film.
The series still has one more entry to go with “Ascendant” which is slated to open next year.