Box Office: ‘Allegiant’ Struggles, Is This It For YA Franchises?
Could this be the end for Young Adult franchises at the box office? Judging by the poor returns for the latest film in the Divergent Series, Allegiant, it just might be.
The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1 debuted with a series low $29.1 million at the weekend box office, a decline of 44 percent from last year’s Insurgent. To make matters worse, the numbers weren’t that much better internationally, grossing just $22 million from 77 territories. Considering the movie opened a week earlier overseas, that’s a disappointing number, as the foreign gross is $53.5 million so far, bringing the worldwide total to $82.6 million. With Batman v Superman and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 hitting theaters in just a few short days, No. 2 might be as far as Allegiant climbs during its box office run. Although Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment have been THE studios for YA film adaptations, between Hunger Games and Twilight, Allegiant just isn’t performing up to expectations. The film cost $110 million to produce, which could lead to this being a loss for the two companies unless the movie can somehow make up ground over the coming weeks.
However, the news was far better for Miracles From Heaven, the weekend’s other big arrival. Starring Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah, the family drama impressed with a strong $18.6 million debut to become the fourth-best opening of all time for a faith-based title. This was good enough for a No. 3 showing, ahead of 10 Cloverfield Lane, which falls to No. 4 with $12.5 million.
At the tip-top of the box office, the news was unchanged from last weekend: Zootopia remains the No. 1 movie in America in week three, earning a terrific $38 million to bring the animated movie past $200 million domestically. Coupled with the additional $64.8 million in overseas totals from this weekend, Zootopia has earned $591.7 million. In fact, Zootopia became the top animated film of all-time in China this weekend, as its gross hit a record $173.4 million. To say this movie has been huge is a bit of an understatement, as it looks to continue to increase its box office earnings in the weeks to come.
The news was similarly good for Deadpool, which managed to remain in the Top 5 in week six with a solid $8 million showing, to bring its domestic total to $340.9 million.
But how did the rest of the movies do at the weekend box office? Check out the full Top 10 below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 03/21/2016
1. Zootopia ($38 million)
2. The Divergent Series: Allegiant ($29.1 million)
3. Miracles From Heaven ($18.6 million)
4. 10 Cloverfield Lane ($12.5 million)
5. Deadpool ($8 million)
6. London Has Fallen ($6.9 million)
7. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot ($2.8 million)
8. The Perfect Match ($1.9 million)
9. The Brothers Grimsby ($1.4 million)
10. The Revenant ($1.2 million)
What, if anything, did you see at the movies this weekend? What do you want to see? And what are you looking forward to in the future? Sound off in the comments!
And for more on the weekend in film, find out more on the accident on the set of the new Maze Runner film that hospitalized star Dylan O’Brien!