The new dystopian thriller
While that falls short of the first "Twilight" ($69.6 million) and "Hunger Games" ($152.5 million), it's still a solid number that outpaces such YA misses as "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" ($9.34 million), "Beautiful Creatures" ($7.6 million), "Vampire Academy" ($7.8 million) and "Ender's Game" ($27 million).
Richard Fay, president of domestic distribution at Lionsgate, which released "Divergent," told The Times, "This is a great start to another franchise." He added, "We've got a lot of runway ahead of us."
Based on the bestselling Veronica Roth novel of the same name and directed by Neil Burger, "Divergent" stars
And if you're wondering what film critics thought of the movie, the Times' Kenneth Turan called "Divergent" "an acceptable, play-it-safe version" of Roth's book, one that benefits from Woodley and co-star
Like Turan, most other critics found the movie to be a somewhat familiar, formulaic take on the YA-dystopia genre.
Woodley, though, has earned generally good notices for her performance as Beatrice "Tris" Prior, a role that could launch the actress to a new tier of stardom. The 22-year-old got her start on the ABC Family series "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" and garnered critical acclaim for her performances in
To read more about "Divergent" director Neil Hamburger, who previously helmed
"Divergent" fans might also want to mark their calendars for the film's two sequels, "Insurgent" and "Allegiant," slated for release in March 2015 and 2016.