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Teen sci-fi franchise ‘Divergent’ debuts with $56M

First Published Mar 23 2014 10:09AM      Last Updated Mar 24 2014 08:51 am
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Expanding from 66 to 304 screens, Wes Anderson’s European caper "The Grand Budapest Hotel" continued to pack theaters in limited release. It earned $6.5 million in its third week of release, with further expansion planned.

And though the crowd-funding of the big-screen edition of cult TV show "Veronica Mars" drew much publicity for its successful Kickstarter campaign, the movie has proved only of interest to devoted fans. On 347 screens, it made just $144,000 for Warner Bros., bringing its two-week total to $2.9 million.

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Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.



AT A GLANCE

Box office tallies

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. “Divergent,” $56 million.

2. “Muppets Most Wanted,” $16.5 million ($1.5 million international).

3. “Mr. Peabody and Sherman,” $11.7 million ($11.4 million international).

4. “300: Rise of an Empire,” $8.7 million ($21 million international).

5. “God’s Not Dead,” $8.6 million.

6. “Need for Speed,” $7.8 million ($29.2 million international).

7. “Grand Budapest Hotel,” $7 million ($9.6 million international).

8. “Non-Stop,” $6.3 million ($14 million international).

9. “The Lego Movie,” $4.1 million ($4.5 million international).

10. “The Single Mom’s Club,” $3.1 million.

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Estimated weekend ticket sales Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada) for films distributed overseas by Hollywood studios, according to Rentrak:

1. “Need for Speed,” $29.2 million.

2. “300: Rise of an Empire,” $21 million.

3. “Noah,” $14 million.

4. “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” $11.4 million.

5. “Rio 2,” $10.4 million.

6. “Non-Stop,” $10 million.

7. “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” $9.6 million.

8. “Frozen,” $9 million.

9. “Fighting,” $6.6 million.

10. “Black Coal, Thin Ice,” $6.5 million.


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Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/jake—coyle

 

 

 

 

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