Weekend Forecast: 'Divergent' & 'Muppets Most Wanted'
Featured Stories - on March 19, 2014 by BoxOffice Staff
Two new films go into wide release this weekend: Divergent and Muppets Most Wanted.
- The adaptation's book sales have been stronger than most young adult book-to-film conversions.
- Following the success of Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games, teen audiences are looking for this kind of movie right now.
- Pre-sales have been consistently strong for the past few weeks.
- Online tracking has been strong across Twitter and Facebook.
- Although popular, the Divergent series isn't considered as widely appealing as The Hunger Games. Adult audiences may not go in for this one.
- Aside from Potter, Twilight, and Hunger, most young adult adaptations have failed to generate much traction at the box office.
- Flixster activity has left something to be desired.
Muppets Most Wanted
- The cast of well-known names and faces could again aid this sequel's nostalgic appeal to older audiences.
- Flixster and Facebook activity have been respectable.
- Online ticketing sites report strong pre-sales for the sequel.
- 2011's revival of The Muppets was a hit, but fell short of many expectations and didn't have a particularly leggy run for a family movie playing during the holidays.
- The recent breakout status of The LEGO Movie and Mr. Peabody & Sherman's current word of mouth could hinder demand for yet another kid-centric flick.
Check out our complete weekend forecast in the table below.
|Title||Release Date||Distributor||Opening Weekend||Domestic Total through Sunday, March 23|
|Divergent||Mar 21, 2014||Lionsgate / Summit
|Muppets Most Wanted||Mar 21, 2014||Disney
|Mr. Peabody & Sherman||Mar 7, 2014||Fox / DreamWorks Animation
|300: Rise of an Empire||Mar 7, 2014||Warner Bros.
|Need For Speed||Mar 14, 2014||Disney / DreamWorks
|Non-Stop (2014)||Feb 28, 2014||Universal
|The Grand Budapest Hotel||Mar 7, 2014||Fox Searchlight
|God's Not Dead||Mar 21, 2014||Freestyle / Pure Flix
|The LEGO Movie||Feb 7, 2014||Warner Bros.
|Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club||Mar 14, 2014||Lionsgate
|Son of God||Feb 28, 2014||Fox
Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris, Alex Edghill, and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report.