Lionsgate always wanted us to believe that Divergent is the next Twilight. We were never sure... But it looks like their franchised take on the Veronica Roth's dystopian novels could, in fact, kick sparkly vampires out of the box office and into the teen movie stratosphere.
The Shailene Woodley-starring flick, which is also drawing comparisons to the The Hunger Games franchise, will be the first movie in a trilogy that is set to continue Summit Entertainments' successful run after the Twilight Saga.
Well, sure enough, Divergent was dauntless at the box office on its opening weekend, easily winning the top spot with nearly $55 million. Filmonic are now reporting that:
Divergent opened with an impressive $54.6 million, which is pretty much the best ever for the studio outside of Twilight and The Hunger Games.
Although the movie is yet to break records, there have been countless flops in the YA genre over the last few years, so Divergent is doing especially well for Lionsgate. Plus, there's always time for the movie to catch with the other super-successful YA franchises!
As fans of the book well know, Divergent is set in a futuristic dystopia where society is divided into five different factions that people are assigned to according to their personality. Tris Prior (Woodley) is told that she is an anomaly though. She is Divergent and will never fit neatly into one personality group. When she uncovers a conspiracy to purge all Divergents from society by violent means Tris is forced to undertake a mission to find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before her kind is brutally destroyed.
After watching Twilight, my expectation for Divergent was pretty low. I predicted bad acting and a nauseating love story. Instead, there were epic battles and an ever-present sentiment of teenagers not being able to trust in any authority other than their own. Forget wishy-washy smooch-fests (that, incidentally, I'm totally hooked on, thank you Robsten!!) - hard-hitting, female-driven political commentary for teens, Divergent is now where it's at!
Did you catch the movie yet? If not, will you be checking it out soon? Let me know in the comment section below!
Don't forget - Divergent is now in theaters!