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'Divergent' earns $250M at the global box office

The film is the first of four planned for the big-screen franchise.
By Karen Butler   |   May 5, 2014 at 6:37 PM
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SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 5 (UPI) -- The action-adventure flick Divergent has crossed the $250 million mark at the worldwide box office, Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment announced Monday.

Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet and Ashley Judd, the film has grossed $142.7 million at the domestic box office and another $108.3 million internationally. It is scheduled to open in Japan and China later this year.

"Our Divergent franchise is off to a great start, and the film's strong holds domestically and internationally are a good indication that momentum is continuing to build," Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger said in a joint statement. "We're beginning production on the second installment, Insurgent, this month, and we expect the franchise to have tremendous and growing resonance for global audiences in the years to come."

The company also noted sales of the Divergent book trilogy rose to 21 million copies worldwide, up from 17 million at the time of the film's March 21 release.

Summit is to release Insurgent March 20, 2015, and Allegiant parts 1 and 2 on March 18, 2016, and March 24, 2017, respectively.

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