Series-launching “Divergent” opened to $54.6 million in 2014 and “Insurgent” picked up $52.3 million in its 2015 debut. “Divergent” wound up with $150.9 million in total domestic grosses while total receipts for “Insurgent” dipped to $130.2 million.  The third film (out of 4, gulp!) “The Divergent Series: Allegiant” took in $12 million from 3,740 locations on Friday, suggesting an unimpressive opening weekend total of $30 million.

“Allegiant” as a book received less-than-stellar reviews, and the Lionsgate film adaptation is receiving the same unimpressive commentary from critics and movie-goers.  Quoting ScreenRant’s Sandy Schaefer “Allegiant is a subpar installment in The Divergent Series that fails to justify the decision to split the final Divergent novel into two movies. The movie aims to both offer a satisfying standalone narrative and lay the foundation for the Divergent Series film finale, but the final result is a penultimate chapter that is half-baked and unable to maintain the standard for quality established by its predecessors (which was lower than for other YA properties to begin with)”

“Allegiant’s” plot seems more confusing to movie-goers than compelling, Shailene Woodley delivers (unfortunately) her normal vanilla screen-presence, and their is still another installment to come.  Sounds like movie fans have collectively deemed Veronica Roth’s “The Divergent Series: Allegiant” as the “Wait for Cable Series: Mediocre”.

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