This weekend saw “Divergent” (the newest movie-based-on-a-young adult-novel) take first place at the box office with $56 million. Of greater interest for myself is that “Muppets Most Wanted” came in second place, but with a take of $16.5 million, lower than initial projections in the low $20 million range. “Muppets Most Wanted” was likely hurt box-office-wise by strong competition from the other animated films still drawing in an audience. However, it might do better overseas (nearly the entire film’s set in Europe and Russia).
I saw “Most Wanted,” and thought it was entertaining, though it’s clearly in a more traditional “zany Muppet movie” mode than its predecessor, 2011’s “The Muppets.” The best parts involved Constantine, the film’s villain, and his extremely poor but hilarious attempts at imitating Kermit.
In third place was “Mr. Peabody and Sherman,” earning $11.7 million for a total to date of $81 million. Overseas, it’s earned $102.2 million, for a global total of $183.2 million. While it’s no “Shrek” sized hit, it seems to be doing well… with “Entertainment Weekly” thinking it’s doing well enough to justify a sequel.
“The Lego Movie” has dropped to ninth place, earning $4.1 million for a total take of $243.3 million.
Next week sees a few new movies open, including a film about Noah and an Arnold Schwarzenegger action movie. I’m not sure what, if anything, those will do to the Muppet/animated films. Though it’s more likely everything will take a big hit the following week, when “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” opens in North America (it opens Wednesday in the UK).