According to an article released earlier today by Reuters, ‘Divergent’ pulled in enough revenue from opening night that Lionsgate has officially given the greenlight for ‘Insurgent’ to become a reality.
The film released last night to many excited fans with 8pm and 10pm showings across the country. The final numbers for opening night added up to $4.9 million including the showings in Canada.
Lions Gate had tentatively scheduled “Divergent” sequels for March 2015 and March 2016. On Friday, the company said it gave the official green light to the second installment, “Insurgent”.
“We’re confident that Divergent is on its way to becoming another important franchise for us,” Lions Gate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer said in a statement.
“Divergent” is expected to sell between $50 million and $68 million worth of tickets at U.S. and Canadian theaters through Sunday, according to pre-opening estimates from Wall Street and box office analysts.
Although critic reviews have not been too favorable of the film, there is still hope that the numbers will continue to rise in the box office.
‘Insurgent’ will be directed by Robert Schwentke, best known for his work on RED, The Time Traveler’s Wife and Flightplan. Schwentke at this time is also signed on to direct ‘Allegiant’, the final chapter in Veronica Roth’s best selling series. The script will be worked on by Akiva Goldsman who is known for his work on I Am Legend and A Beautiful Mind as well as Brian Duffield.