According to Yahoo Movies this morning, Divergent was showing on 2 screens at my local 20-screen theater. One was IMAX and the other was standard. The first showing was 11:50AM, so off I went, getting there about 5 minutes early. As I bought my ticket, I noticed that there had been an 11:15AM showing. Apparently the theater had added at least one other screen for Divergent.
There were approx. 25-30 people of all ages inside, mostly older. It was a matinee, so I would have expected an older audience, but I was a bit discouraged, or 'daunted', by the low turnout. I will review the movie separately, but when I was leaving, there was a line forming for the next showing. In fact, as I walked around the lobby area, I saw signs prepared for at least 3 other standard theaters as well as the IMAX theater. Also, I was able to determine that the theater had cut the only screen for Bad Words in favor of Divergent. The lobby was prepared for a blockbuster.
In retrospect, I'm not as concerned about the $4.9M Thursday night box office. IMO, momentum will build.
First of all, I give it an 8 of 10. I was engaged by the movie and liked the look of it. The music and soundtrack seemed perfect to me. The only valid criticism which I agree with is that Shailene Woodley does not have the stage presence that Jennifer Lawrence does. Woodley and Theo James as a team is another story. IMO, "Four" (James) has much more presence than either "Peeta" or "Gale."
Woodley and James are a great pairing and together are as strong as Lawrence and either Hemsworth or Hutcherson.