Divergent Owns Box Office

The Muppets didn't stand a chance.
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Divergent has debuted in the number-one spot at the US box office.

The adaptation of Veronica Roth's young adult novel — which stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet — took an estimated $56 million during its opening weekend.

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The figure is one of the strongest opening weekends for a young adult movie. It earned more in its first three days than the recent totals of Beautiful Creatures, The Host and Vampire Academy.

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Muppets Most Wanted debuted at number two and took a disappointing $16.5 million, which is down from the $29.2 million that the last Muppets movie earned during its opening weekend.

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Mr Peabody & Sherman slipped to third place and fell 46 percent to $11.7 million in its third weekend of release.

300: Rise of An Empiredropped to four on this week's countdown, with earnings of $8.67m. The film has now taken $93.8 million at the domestic box office.

God's Not Dead debuted at number five, taking $8.56 million despite playing in fewer than 1,000 theatres.

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Meanwhile, Aaron Paul's Need For Speed dropped 56% with $7.78 million at number six.

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Non-Stop, The Lego Movie and Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club also feature in this week's top ten.

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The US weekend box office top ten for March 23 (studio estimates) is as follows:

1. (-) Divergent - $56,000,000

2. (-) Muppets Most Wanted - $16,514,000

3. (1) Mr Peabody and Sherman - $11,700,000

4. (2) 300: Rise of An Empire - $8,665,000

5. (-) God's Not Dead - $8,564,000

6. (3) Need For Speed - $7,781,000

7. (8) The Grand Budapest Hotel - $6,750,000

8. (4) Non-Stop - $6,346,000

9. (6) The Lego Movie - $4,115,000

10. (5) Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club - $3,100,000

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Via Digital Spy

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