'Divergent' sequel 'Insurgent' seizes top spot, Sean Penn's 'The Gunman' misfires
Howard Alexander - News Editor
This photo provided by Lionsgate shows, Kate Winslet, left, as Jeanine, and Ansel Elgort, as Caleb, in a scene from the film, "The Divergent Series: Insurgent." The movie opens in U.S. theaters Friday, March 20, 2015.
Image Credit: AP Photo/Lionsgate, Andrew Cooper
March 23, 2015 - 6:56 AM
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Sean Penn's "The Gunman" was no match for the rebel kids of "Insurgent."
According Rentrak estimates Sunday, the second installment in the "Divergent" series easily topped the box office with $54 million from 3,875 theatres.
Both "The Hunger Games" and the "Twilight" films boasted opening weekend gains with their second films, but "Insurgent's" opening nearly matches that of its predecessor, "Divergent," which debuted to $54.6 million just last year.
"Cinderella," meanwhile, fell 49 per cent to take second place with $34.5 million.
"The Gunman" did not fare as well. The Sean Penn-led geopolitical thriller opened in fourth place, behind "Run All Night," with an estimated $5 million.
"Kingsman: The Secret Service" rounded out the top five with $4.6 million in its sixth weekend in theatres.
News from © The Associated Press, 2015