Divergent's $56 million debut was down 20 percent from the first Twilight, and wasn't in the same league as The Hunger Games. Still, it ranks second among 2014 movies, and eighth all-time for March releases. It also earned more in its first three days than the combined totals of YA flops Beautiful Creatures, The Host and Vampire Academy.
Lionsgate's Divergent fell one spot to place in second with an estimated $26.5 million. The young adult adaptation starring Shailene Woodley was down 51 percent from last weekend, which represents a relatively strong second weekend hold for a young adult adaptation. In comparison, 2008's Twilight fell 62 percent in its second weekend to gross $26.34 million, while last year's Ender's Game fell 62 percent to gross $10.26 million. Divergent has grossed a healthy $95.26 million through ten days of release. That places the film 20 percent behind the $119.71 million ten-day start of Twilight and 116.5 percent ahead of the $44.01 million ten-day take of Ender's Game. This weekend's hold strongly suggests that Divergent is helping greatly expand the already existing fanbase for the Divergent series as a whole.
Overseas debut starts this week. Let's see how foreign results come in.