YA adaptations re-assert their draw as ‘Insurgent’ wins the weekend box office

Insurgent

Robert Schwentke’s The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the second entry in the Divergent franchise adaptation of Veronica Roth’s novels, took home $54 million to rise to the top of the box office on its opening weekend. The opening roughly matches the first weekend total of the film’s prequel, which bowed with $54.6 million. Last week’s box office champion Cinderella saw a drop of nearly 50 percent to end up with $34.5 million over the weekend, landing it in second place, while Jaume Collet-Serra’s newest feature Run All Night saw a similar drop in revenue from last weekend to round out the top three.

Taken director Pierre Morel’s newest action feature The Gunman also made its debut by landing in the top ten, as the Sean Penn-starring film’s $5 million total landed it in fourth place. The other opening weekend film to land in the top ten was Do You Believe?. Written by Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon, the duo who also penned 2014’s God’s Not Dead, the film earned $4 million, entering the box office charts in fourth place as it premiered nearly exactly a year after the 2014 feature. Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service continued to hold strong as it rounded out the top five with a total of $4.6 million, while The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water similarly proved its resilience by finishing in tenth place in its eighth weekend in theatres.

Among limited releases, the big opener was the Al Pacino-starring Danny Collins. Written and directed by Dan Fogelman, the film earned $73,157 in five theatres, giving it a PSA of $14,631. Eugene Green’s newest feature La Sapienza made a strong showing despite only opening in one theatre, as it made $13,500 over the weekend, following festival tours and a wide release in Italy last November. The Zellner brothers’ Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter earned $37,200 in its audience debut, finishing with a PSA of $9,300. Accidental Love, a movie that was directed by David O. Russell before he refused to put his name on the final product, which had been edited without his input, opened in limited release following a VOD run, making $4,500 in ten theatres, for a PSA of $450.

The top earners at the US box office for the weekend is as follows:

  1. The Divergent Series: Insurgent — $54,025,000
  2. Cinderella — $34,492,000
  3. Run All Night — $5,115,000
  4. The Gunman — $5,009,000
  5. Kingsman: The Secret Service — $4,600,000
  6. Do You Believe? — $4,000,000
  7. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel — $3,450,000
  8. Focus — $3,300,000
  9. Chappie — $2,650,000
  10. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water — $2,350,000
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