(Before I get into this, I simply must link to an article that needs no introduction, on Vulture: “I Think Divergent Is Secretly About CrossFit.” No argument whatsoever from me. Carry on.)
OK. Good news for Shailene Woodley fans (and that’s all of us, right?): “Divergent” didn’t exactly set the box office on fire last weekend, but it did well enough, with approximately $56 million on its opening weekend, to confirm its upcoming sequels. To put that amount into perspective, it’s about a third of what “The Hunger Games” made on its opening weekend, and about 12 times what “Vampire Academy” achieved on its own first weekend earlier this year. (It’s safe to assume that there will be no more “Vampire Academy” movies, and that its creative team can go have a drink with the makers of the “Golden Compass,” “Eragon,” and Lemony Snicket movies — failed franchises all.) “Divergent” can now go ahead with its planned sequels: “Insurgent” (planned for 2015), “Allegiant” (2016), and “Detergent” (no release date set). It’s possible I made that last one up. Well done, Shailene.