Allegiant’s Poor Performance Causes Big Changes for the Final Divergent Movie
Bad news bears, guys. Due to Allegiant‘s disappointing box-office performance, the final film in the Divergent franchise, Ascendant, is tapped to suffer the consequences. While all of your favorite stars, including Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller & Zoe Kravitz, are scheduled to return for filming this summer, the huge blockbuster budget will not.
Here’s the breakdown, according to Box Office Mojo: The original Divergent flick had a production budget of $85 million, grossed $150,947,895 at the domestic box office and $137,937,923 at the international box office, making the worldwide grand total $288,885,818. Insurgent had a production budget of $110 million, grossed $130,179,072 at the domestic box office and $167,097,257 at the international box office, making the worldwide grand total $297,276,329. As of right now, though, Allegiant is not on track to beat any of those numbers. The film nabbed around $30 million for its opening weekend, while Insurgent debuted to $52.3 million, and Divergent debuted to $54.6 million. With the third movie’s $100+ million budget, and its current $61,829,566 gross at the domestic box office, and $79,584,475 at the international box office, many don’t have high hopes for its current worldwide total $141,414,041 to go much higher.
The adaptation of Veronica Roth‘s YA book received an onslaught of negative reviews, garnering a 12% rotten rating on RottenTomatoes.com. Considering its extreme deviation from the novel, fans weren’t exactly ecstatic either.
This change-up is one of the many reasons why books don’t need to be split into two parts on screen. When will people learn?
But at least we’re going to get to see the end of Divergent, unlike these YA movie series that were stopped because the first film failed:
The Mortal Instruments
Shadowhunters around the world eagerly anticipated the release of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, based on the first book in author Cassie Clare's hit series. Unfortunately, after earning only $31.17 million at the domestic box office (after having a $60 million budget, not including marketing), this was considered a colossal fail, so the idea of a City of Ashes sequel was put to rest.
Thankfully, a television show based on the novels is tapped to premiere on ABC Family (soon-to-be Freeform) come January 2016. Fingers crossed for Shadowhunters, guys!
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