Box Office: YA audience grows up, “Insurgent” won’t match “Divergent”

box“Insurgent” is going to make a lot of money this weekend for Summit. The “Hunger Games” formula seems bulletproof — well-cast but middling sci-fit dystopia rescued by a young heroine. But they’ve never put the directors, screenwriters or polish on either of these series that match the money they make from them.

So “Insurgent” isn’t opening as big as “Divergent,” which was a little worse than most of the “Hunger Games” pictures. It’ll do $47 million this weekend, a 10% drop (more or less) from “Divergent.” Our teens are growing up. Or getting over this glut of copy cat sci-fi.

It’s doing well, it’s not blowing anything up. Maybe the next film will seal the deal. Or? They’re getting over it.

Sean Penn will likely draw better overseas with “The Gunman.” Half decent CIA assassin being hunted, some politics about corporations killing and manipulating foreign policy, it’s set to hit $5.5 to $6.

“Do You Believe” is a Christian film opening on a lot of screens, and looks to clear $3 -3.7 million over the weekend.

“Cinderella” is losing 60% of its audience, “Run All Night” even more, “Kingsman” is well over $100 million, “Focus” looks like it will finish its run short of $60.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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