Box Office: 'Divergent Series: Allegiant' Stalls; 'Zootopia' Set to Cross $200M in U.S.
'Allegiant — Part 1' is coming in well behind the first two films; faith-based offering 'Miracles From Heaven' earns A+ CinemaScore.
The Divergent Series: Allegiant — Part 1 is pacing well behind the first two films in its North American box-office debut, while Disney Animation Studios' Zootopia continues to dazzle in its third outing.
Starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James, the Lionsgate/Summit movie earned $11.9 million from 3,740 theaters on Friday, compared to $21.1 million for Insurgent a year ago and $22.8 million for Divergent two years ago. Friday's gross included $2.4 million in Thursday-night previews.
Allegiant, costing north of $100 million to make, is projected to gross $30 million for the weekend; Insurgent debuted to $52.3 million, and Divergent, $54.6 million. The third installment is likely getting dinged by poor reviews and a B CinemaScore (the first two earned an A and an A-).
Allegiant did beat Zootopia on Friday, but Zootopia will pull ahead on Saturday and win the weekend with as much as $39 million. On Friday, Zootopia took in $9.6 million from 3,959 locations as it prepares to cross the $200 million mark sometime over the weekend in North America. Globally, it's already amassed north of $500 million.
Veronica Roth's third book, Allegiant, is being broken up into two films. The first 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. Robert Schwentke directed Lionsgate's sci-fi film. It also stars Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Jeff Daniels, Ansel Elgort and Miles Teller.
This weekend's other wide release is Miracles From Heaven, TriStar's faith-based offering starring Jennifer Garner. It opened on Wednesday, and should earn nearly $16 million over the course of its five-day debut. On Friday, the film grossed an estimated $4.1 million from 3,047 theaters.
Directed by Patricia Riggen, the film 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. Queen Latifah also stars. Joe Roth and minister T.D. Jakes produced Miracles From Heaven for Sony.
Another new player this weekend is 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 theaters.
The movie's troubles continue, however. The Bronze, playing in 1,167 theaters, is bombing in its debut and may not clear $400,000 for the weekend.
New titles at the specialty box office include Jeff Nichols' film Midnight Special, starring Michael Shannon and opening in five theaters. The movie is pacing to post a solid location average of $40,000 for the filmmakers and Warner Bros..
March 19, 7:30 a.m. Updated with Friday numbers.