Divergent hits big, guaranteeing franchise

News Simon Brew 24 Mar 2014 - 06:24

Divergent does enough money to guarantee Insurgent. Muppets Most Wanted struggles at the US box office though...

Plans were already afoot for a full trilogy of movies based on Veronica Roth's trilogy of Divergent books, but if there were any lingering doubts, the performance of the first film at the box office will have laid them to rest.

Several have tried and failed to launch new 'young adult' franchises in the light of the success of Twilight and The Hunger Games, but Neil Burger's film of Divergent is the first for a while to break through. Starring Shailene Woodley, the movie topped the US box office over the weekend with a take of $56m. Summit Entertainment will be pressing ahead with the next movie - Insurgent - forthwith (although Neil Burger will not be directing). Divergent's rollout elsewhere in the world begins in earnest this week.

Worryingly for those of us wanting more Muppets films, Muppets Most Wanted underperformed at the US box office the weekend. It opened to $16.5m, a good deal down on The Muppets. The movie - hurt by the enduring success of Mr Peabody & Sherman in the States - will need to do some big business elsewhere to get Disney thinking of making the next film anytime soon.

Divergent, meanwhile - whilst not generating numbers near the level of Twilight and The Hunger Games - is a solid hit, overcoming unenthusiastic reviews (including our own). Expect the flow of young adult franchises to continue, then...

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this is disappointing, but at least we are in an age where overseas has a bigger effect than it used to, arguably it will overtake american domestic in importance.

I'm hoping Disney will still take into consideration that The Muppets have a long enough legacy that there will always be fans, especially since they took such care with the last movie. Sherman and Peabody on the other hand, well DreamWorks pretty much pissed all over it again. Don't get me started on their use of that ear worm of a song reworked for their ads...

thing about Peabody & Mr Sherman vs Muppets - I'd expect Muppets to do better overseas than Peabody.

Yup, I'd never heard of Peabody & Mr Sherman

And another YA adaptation succeeds. I'm gonna write a YA novel about a princess who is in love with a swordfighting hero goodie 2 shoes, but his sorcerer best friend wants her (and she kinda likes him). Gonna call it Triforce. The first movie will be called Deku Tree, followed by Death Mountain, you get the picture.

I really hate that this YA stuff is doeing better than The Muppets. Actually Young Adult should be complimented with Girls, because they really seem to be aimed at them.

I'm absolutely sure you wouldn't get sued for that, there doesn't seem to be any link between this and a franchise I've heard of.

I know what you're doing. You're TRYing to FORCE me to spill the DEKU NUTS. See you in the OAK ARENA... of death!

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