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The Divergent Series: Insurgent tops US box office as Sean Penn's Gunman flops

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

Story by Jack Foley

INSURGENT, the second film in the Divergent young adult series, has topped the US box office with $54 million.

Based on Veronica Roth’s novels, the sequel brings back Shailene Woodley and Theo James as well as Kate Winslet for more action in a future Chicago. The story follows Woodley’s Tris, who does not fit in with the futuristic society that divides people into five strictly categorized factions, and who must fight not only to survive but also to bring about change.

The opening figure just fell short of the $54.6 million earned by its predecessor exactly a year ago but was broadly welcomed by Lionsgate distribution chief Richie Fay, who said: “All the signs are positive, especially worldwide. There’s a lot to be said for the 17 per cent uptick from Friday to Saturday, compared to 10 per cent or 11 per cent for Divergent. Our playability will be great over the next few weeks with spring break.”

Globally, Insurgent topped the chart in 66 out of the 76 markets it debuted in, bringing in a further $47 million to bring its overall total to $101 million globally.

Elsewhere, Sean Penn proved to be the latest actor to suffer a career low at the US box office.

The Gunman, which finds the actor emulating Liam Neeson’s ageing action figure, opened to just $5 million, marking Penn’s lowest start for a movie debut in more than 2,000 theaters. The film placed fourth overall.

In second spot was Disney’s live action Cinderella, which took $34.5 million, while in third was Liam Neeson’s Run All Night. Kingsman: The Secret Service rounded out the top five.

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