Weekend Box Office Divergent 1
NEW YORK (AP) - The teen science-fiction franchise "Divergent" debuted with $56 million at the box office, one of the year's biggest openings, but one shy of some expectations.

Lionsgate's adaptation of Veronica Roth's best-selling young-adult novels, starring Shailene Woodley, didn't reach the heights of the studio's other teen franchises. "Twilight" opened with $69.6 million in 2008, and "The Hunger Games" debuted with $152.5 million in 2012.

But "Divergent" is still the second largest opening of 2014, following "The Lego Movie." A sequel is already planned.

Disney's Muppets sequel "Muppets Most Wanted" fared poorly, earning $16.5 million over the weekend. In 2011, "The Muppets" opened notably better with $29.2 million.

Last weekend's box-office leader, the animated "Mr. Peabody and Sherman," slid to third place in its third week of release with $11.7 million.

Box Office Top 10
1. "Divergent" $56 M
2. "Muppets Most Wanted" $16.5 M
3. "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" $11.7 M
4. "300: Rise of An Empire" $8.7 M
5. "God's Not Dead" $8.6 M
6. "Need for Speed" $7.8 M
7. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" $6.8 M
8. "Non-Stop" $6.3 M
9. "The LEGO Movie" $4.1 M
10. "Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club" $3.1 M

Photo Courtesy of Summit
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