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Divergent teen warriors defeat Muppets at box office

Published on Mar 24, 2014 6:32 AM

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Dystopian thriller Divergent, the story of a society that divides people based on personality traits, dominated weekend movie charts with US$56 million (S$71 million) in US and Canadian ticket sales, kicking off a new franchise for Hunger Games producer Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.

Walt Disney Co family comedy Muppets Most Wanted finished in second place, nabbing US$16.5 million from Friday through Sunday, according to estimates provided by Rentrak.

Animated Mr Peabody & Sherman, produced by Dreamworks Animation Inc, took the No. 3 slot with US$11.7 million.

Divergent is adapted from a popular series of young adult novels by newcomer author Veronica Roth. Ahead of the weekend, forecasters had predicted the film would debut with between US$50 million and US$68 million in North American (US and Canadian) ticket sales.

Divergent stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James. -- FILE PHOTO: GOLDEN VILLAGE
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