Box Office: 'Divergent 3' Stalls With Series-Low $29.1M; 'Zootopia' Nears $600M Globally
'Zootopia' becomes the most successful animated film of all time in China; Jennifer Garner's faith-based film 'Miracles From Heaven' opens to a solid $18.6 million in the U.S. after rolling out midweek.
In another blow for Lionsgate, YA film adaptation The Divergent Series: Allegiant — Part 1 opened to a disappointing $29.1 million from 3,740 theaters at the North American box office — a 44 percent decline from the last title in the Divergent series.
Nor is overseas coming to the rescue. Allegiant, reuniting stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James, is also soft internationally, grossing $22 million from 77 markets this weekend for a foreign total of $53.5 million and a global cume of $82.6 million. (It began rolling out offshore a week ago.). France leads with $8.1 million, followed by Brazil ($5.2 million).
Allegiant's underperformance paved the way for Zootopia to remain at No. 1 in its third weekend with a stellar $38 million domestically (it fell a slim 26 percent) to jump the $200 million mark in North America. And overseas, it earned another $64.8 million to finish Sunday with a foreign total of $389.9 million and global haul of $591.7 million. It's grossed $173.4 million in China to become the most successful animated film of all time in the Middle Kingdom.
The Revenant placed No. 2 overseas after Zootopia with $36.4 million — including a hefty $33 million debut in China. The New Regency film's global haul is now $483.2 million.
Lionsgate and Summit could once do no wrong when it came to YA film adaptations. Summit was bought by Lionsgate after the blockbuster success of Summit's Twilight film franchise, while Lionsgate is home of The Hunger Games. Summit took the lead on the Divergent franchise, and as with both Hunger Games and Twilight, the decision was made to split the final book into two movies.
Directed by Robert Schwentke, Allegiant cost $110 million to make and is the second big-budget miss for Lionsgate this year after Gods of Egypt.
A year ago, The Divergent Series: Insurgent debuted to $52.3 million, while Divergent opened to $54.6 million two years ago. The third installment was no doubt hurt by poor reviews and a B CinemaScore (the first two earned an A and an A-). As with the other titles, Allegiant skewed female (65 percent), with 50 percent of the audience under the age of 25.
Lionsgate distribution president Richie Fay dismissed the idea that it was a disappointing weekend. "This is a solid opening. I do believe that with our audience breakdown and a decent CinemaScore, we'll have traction and play out," he said. (That might be tough, though, with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice hitting theaters May 25.)
Allegiant — Part 1 centers on Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) as they escape beyond the wall that encircles Chicago to finally discover the shocking truth of what lies behind it. It also stars Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Jeff Daniels, Ansel Elgort and Miles Teller.
This weekend's other wide release was Miracles From Heaven, Sony's faith-based offering starring Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah. The movie, buoyed by a glowing A+ CinemaScore, delivered a strong five-day debut of $18.6 million after hitting theaters Wednesday. Its weekend take of $15 million is the fourth-best start of all time for a faith-based opening. Two years ago, TriStar's Heaven Is for Real debuted to $22.5 million but had the advantage of opening over Easter weekend.
"This is a big win for us, and the movie will continue to expand through and beyond Easter weekend," said Sony distribution chief Rory Bruer. "You could see how the film kept growing, and we're playing beyond just Christian audiences."
Directed by Mexican filmmaker Patricia Riggen, Miracles From Heaven is based on the memoir of the same name by Christy Beam, whose young daughter, played in the movie by Kylie Rogers, made a miraculous recovery from an incurable disease. Joe Roth and minister T.D. Jakes produced Miracles From Heaven for Sony. According to the studio, nearly 30 percent of the audience was Hispanic.
Miracles From Heaven came in No. 3 after Zootopia and Allegiant, followed by 10 Cloverfield Lane at No. 4. The J.J. Abrams-produced movie, costing only $13 million to make, fell 49 percent to $12.5 million for a domestic total of $45.2 million.
Superhero sensation Deadpool rounded out the top five in its sixth weekend with $8 million for a domestic total of $340.9 million, leaping past Guardians of the Galaxy ($333.2 million) and Spider-Man 3 ($336.5 million) to rank as the No. 8 comic book adaptation of all time, not accounting for inflation. Globally, the Fox film has grossed $730.6 million.
Sacha Baron Cohen's The Brothers Grimsby tumbled to $1.4 million in its second weekend for a domestic total of $5.9 million and global total of $22.6 million. The ill-fated comedy came in No. 9 domestically.
Among other new players was The Bronze, starring Melissa Rauch as a foul-mouthed former gymnast. The film debuted more than a year ago at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival but was waylaid when Relativity Media found itself in financial crisis. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, which had sold the movie to Relativity in the U.S., extracted the film, with sister company Sony Pictures Classics taking over distribution.
The movie's troubles continue, however. The Bronze, playing in 1,167 theaters, bombed in its debut, grossing $421,434 for a location average of $361.
New titles at the specialty box office included Jeff Nichols' film Midnight Special, starring Michael Shannon, which bowed in five theaters. The movie opened to $185,000 for a respectable location average of $37,000.