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“Divergent” kicks off with a bang raking in approximately $56 million on its debut weekend at the top of the box office. The Neil Burger directed flick is based on the first book in Veronica Roth’s popular young adult trilogy. “Divergent” takes place in a world where 16-year-olds must decide in which of five factions they belong.  For the film’s protagonist, Tris (Shailene Woodley), the faction test reveals she is someone who can’t be categorized, someone who is divergent. Her epic fight for survival begins!

Watch the first trailer for “Divergent”

"Divergent" Poster

“Divergent” Poster

The family-oriented “Muppets Most Wanted” slides in to second place on its first weekend. The film supported by Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, and Ty Burrell garnered a disappointing $16.5 million compared to the first “Muppets” film which opened to $29 million in 2011. Last week’s top contender “Mr. Peabody & Sherman”, slides down two places to number three with $11.7 million and “300: Rise of an Empire” takes fourth place with $8.7 million .

The top five is rounded up with the surprise entry “God’s Not Dead”. The Christian film is the third biggest pic to make it debut over the weekend, garnering $8.6 million at the domestic box office. The sexy “Nymphomaniac: Volume I” took a hard dive on its debut weekend taking only an estimated $175,000. The film stars Shia LaBeouf, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, and Stellan Skarsgard.

 

Quick look at the top-grossing pictures in North American theaters, courtesy of Box Office Mojo:

  1. “Divergent” – $56 million
  2. “Muppets Most Wanted” – $16.5 million
  3. “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” – $11.7 million
  4. “300: Rise of an Empire” – $8.7 million
  5. “God’s Not Dead” – $8.6 million
  6. “Need for Speed” – $7.8 million
  7. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” – $6.8 million
  8. “Non-Stop” – $6.3 million
  9. “The Lego Movie” – $4.1 million
  10. “The Single Moms Club” – $3.1 million