Weekend box office: 'Insurgent' occupies $54 million; 'Gunman' misfires

March 23, 2015 7:43 PM

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Weekend box office: 'Insurgent' occupies $54 million; 'Gunman' misfires

Female filmgoers drove ticket sales at the box office this weekend, though not in the numbers analysts anticipated. “Insurgent” opened in the top spot with an estimated $54.0 million, just shy of its predecessor “Divergent’s” $54.6 million debut a year ago. Summit’s sequel wasn’t able to expand interest in the franchise to $60 million as expected.

Overseas, though, the YA sci-fi actioner did improve over “Divergent” in some key markets, increasing its box-office bow in France by 71 percent to $5.8 million, in the United Kingdom by 54 percent to $4.5 million, and in Brazil by a whopping 106 percent to $4.2 million, reported Box Office Mojo. “I...

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