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 and sources are now reporting that the movie has now broken the $250 million mark at the worldwide box office. Book sales of Roth's first novel in the triptych have also increased by 4 million to 21 million copies worldwide since the movie's March 21 release.
With that kind of box office success, it's hardly surprising that Insurgent is already on the way. Shailene Woodley and Theo James are expected to reprise their roles from the original movie... OH DEAR GOD THE FEELS! Let's hope Miles Teller and Jai Courtney are on board somewhere, too.
After 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 manage to catch Divergent in the theater? Are you surprised that the YA flick won this big at the box office? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below!
Can Divergent really ever come close to the sparkly vampire love story of Bella and Edward?