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Weekend Box Office Report: Divergent Crushes The Competition

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(Theo James and Shailene Woodley star in "Divergent.")

(Theo James and Shailene Woodley star in “Divergent.”)

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By Bill Wine

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There’s a new leader at the box office.

Moviegoers converged on Divergent at multiplexes overt the weekend, giving the new science fiction drama starring Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet a runaway first-place finish and an impressive opening-weekend estimated take of $56-million.

Looks like we’ve found the Young Adult successor to the Twilight and Hunger Games franchises.

A distant second place went to another new attraction, Muppets Most Wanted, featuring Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey, with the comedy sequel taking in a modest $16-million.

In third was the box-office leader of last weekend, the animated comedy, Mr. Peabody & Sherman.

It earned $12-million. And rounding out the top five were the holdover, 300: Rise of an Empire, and the debuting religious dramedy, God’s Not Dead, each of which took in just under $9-million.

Overall, industry-wide totals were the equivalent of those of a year ago.

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