As recent trilogies have have reached their inevitable final chapters, Divergent appears to be heading into join the new line of franchises coming off the studio lots this year.
The sci-fi, adventure chronicle’s first feature begins in a futuristic dystopia where society is divided into five factions that each represent a different virtue, teenagers have to decide if they want to stay in their faction or switch to another – for the rest of their lives. Tris Prior makes a choice that surprises everyone. Then Tris and her fellow faction-members have to live through a highly competitive initiation process to live out the choice they have made. They must undergo extreme physical and intense psychological tests, that transform them all. But Tris has a secret that she is Divergent, which means she doesn’t fit into any one group. If anyone knew, it would mean a certain death. As she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, this secret might help her save the people she loves… or it might destroy her.
Various critics have been predicting a opening number of around $70 million dollars in US territories surpassing that of Twilight’s 2008 debut. However, what ever way the first chapter in this franchise lands at the Box Office it is not yet expected to overtake the 2012 opening of The Hunger Games which grossed $152.5 million dollars in surprisingly the same release month of March. Additionally Fandango, online ticket sales platform, released data saying that Divergent opening day ticket sales have already surpassed that of 2008’s Twilight. Fandango also appears to be hinting from their data that the feature could total up over $100 million in its first day with the picture accounting for almost half of the platform’s sales for Wednesday, March 5.
Summit Entertainment has already confirmed a sequel for the predicted fan mega Divergent, setting an early foundation for a long-term franchise, similar to their 2012 concluded Twilight Saga film series. However, whilst the Divergent debut is already predicted to eclipse the gross of the original Twilight film, the destiny of the sequel entitled Insurgent is uncertain with growing concerns circling due to the change in directors from Divergent director Neil Burger to Robert Schwentke along with the swap out of the debut screenwriters Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor. Although Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller and Theo James are all set to return for the follow up film which is scheduled to be release roughly a year following the franchise’s debut on March 20th, 2015. The franchise currently has a series of three books to adapt into a franchise with another entitled ‘Four The Initiate’ on the way, although with the base of five fractions each embling a book it is very possibly that we could see a total of five films released concluding the series by late 2018.
Divergent will hold its world premiere on 18 March 2014 in Los Angeles, California followed shortly later by its theatrical wide US release on March 21st and on April 4th the film will be released to UK audiences with a European premiere set to take place on March 31st.
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