"Insurgent," the second part of the
That came up short of the $4.9 million the first "Divergent" film earned in its Thursday debut.
Going into the weekend, analysts projected that the sequel would take in around $60 million at the domestic box office, which would be a shade better than the $54.6-million opening weekend for "Divergent" last year.
Lionsgate, the Santa Monica studio behind the film, will also be closely watching the returns generated overseas, as sequels tend to benefit from increased awareness outside the United States. The film has already grossed about $8.2 million internationally.
Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment made the sequel for $110 million and is backing the two-part finale based on "Allegiant," the third book in the series.
"Insurgent" should easily replace last week's victor "Cinderella" at the top of the box office charts. Fellow newcomer "The Gunman," an action movie starring
"The Guman" is released by Open Road Films.