After predictions of a $50 million box office opening weekend, Divergent exceeded expectations before the weekend even began, with an estimated $22.8 million earned on its opening day. In contrast, another film with big expectations opened on Friday with a less impressive start, as Muppets Most Wanted took home just $4.7 million, compared to the last Muppets title’s opening day earnings of $6.5 million.
These figures come courtesy of Box Office Mojo, who also gave the projected earnings for each film this weekend. Their projections state that Divergent would earn around $53 million in its opening weekend, while Muppets Most Wanted is on its way to only earning around $15 million, or possibly below that figure.
God’s Not Dead surprised in its opening day, taking $2.8 million which has projected the film a $8.1 million opening weekend. For a Christian drama with mixed reviews thus far and a low budget, this is a promising start for the indie film.
The top five Friday box office earnings can be found below, once again courtesy of Box Office Mojo.
1) Divergent – $22.8 million
2) Muppets Most Wanted – $4.7 million
3) God’s Not Dead – $2.8 million
4) Mr. Peabody & Sherman – $2.7 million
5) 300: Rise of an Empire – $2.4 million