'Divergent' earns $22.8 million on Friday, 'Muppets Most Wanted' far behind with $4.6 million

By Kyle Johnson,

Lionsgate's new film Divergent opened strong in its first full day Friday, while the other new wide release of the weekend Muppets Most Wanted was soft.

After $4.9 million from Thursday showings, the Shailene Woodley-led film earned $22.8 million on Friday, reports Forbes. The film is projected to earn upwards of $55 million through the weekend. That's a decent start for the $85 million teen action flick that was poorly received by critics.

Muppets Most Wanted opened very soft against the competition with only $4.66 million, with projections for the sequel sitting at around $18 million for the weekend. That's nowhere near the Fri-Sun tally of $29 million Disney's The Muppets earned in its opening weekend, though it was helped by it being Thanksgiving weekend.

Small film God's Not Dead had a surprisingly strong release with $2.8 million and the film could potentially make $8 million for the weekend. Last week's winner Mr. Peabody & Sherman earned $2.7 million on Friday and could gross $10.8 million for the weekend.

300: Rise of an Empire grossed $2.4 million and likely will earn about $8 million for the weekend. TheWrap reports the film has already made $87 million domestically.

Aaron Paul's Need for Speed earned a close $2.2 million and projections tab the movie for a second weekend gross of $7 million. The Grand Budapest Hotel continues to expand and earned $1.8 million on Friday. The Wes Anderson film is projected to earn $6.3 million for the weekend.

Jason Batemen's Bad Words did acceptable on Friday as it expanded to more theaters with $141,000. Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 opened in 24 theaters to $53,000 on Friday.

image courtesy of Summit/EPK



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