It’s not surprise that Divergent is poised to sit atop the weekend box office.
The Shailene Woodley/Theo James starrer debuted to $4.9 million in Thursday night showings and is on track to earn over $50 million. With the early numbers, Lionsgate has greenlit the sequel Insurgent. We’re definitely not surprised.
“We’re off to a great start with strong numbers from all regions of the country, urban, suburban and rural alike,” Lionsgate chief executive officer Jon Feltheimer said in a statement. ”We’re confident that ‘Divergent’ is on its way to becoming another important franchise for us, and we have just greenlit the second film, ‘Insurgent.’”
Insurgent is set to open March 20, 2015, while the third installment, Allegiant, would debut on March 18, 2016.