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Lionsgate expects ‘INSURGENT’ will make $350 million or more!

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Variety is reporting that Lionsgate expects that Insurgent will make $350 million or more. The film hits theaters on March 20, 2015.

Sounding bullish on the outlook for the “Divergent” franchise, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said the second film, “Insurgent,” should gross between $350 million to $400 million worldwide.

That would represent an increase of $27% to 40% above the estimated final gross of around $275 million expected for “Divergent,” starring Shailene Woodley. “Insurgent,” which went into production last week, will open March 20 with Lionsgate splitting “Allegiant” — the last book in Veronica Roth’s dystopian trilogy — into two films that will open in 2016 and 2017.

Feltheimer said the “Divergent” franchise will be making significant contributions to Lionsgate’s profits into 2018. He noted that Roth’s books have sold 20 million copies worldwide, a pace that he asserted is steeper than the trajectory at this point in the franchise than for the books in Suzanne Collins’ “Hunger Games” trilogy.

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Lionsgate officially announces the start of production on ‘INSURGENT’ today!

It is a huge day for us today Initiates. Lionsgate has officially announced the start of Insurgent today. They’ve also said that casting announcements are forthcoming.

Check out the press release below:


Santa Monica, CA – May 27, 2014
 – Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) announced today that principal photography has commenced in Atlanta on the feature film adaptation of INSURGENT, the second installment of the blockbuster DIVERGENT action adventure franchise, starring Golden Globe® nominated Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet.  Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer joins returning cast members Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q and Mekhi Phifer.  Based on author Veronica Roth’s New York Times best seller, the film is being directed by Robert Schwentke from a screenplay by Brian Duffield and Akiva Goldsman. Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing the film through their Red Wagon Entertainment banner along with Pouya Shahbazian. Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman are executive producing through their Mandeville Films banner along with Neil Burger and Barry Waldman. Lionsgate will release INSURGENT theatrically in North America through its Summit Entertainment label on Friday, March 20, 2015.

INSURGENT raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the dystopian ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite.  Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them.  Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.

“Divergent” was written by first time author Veronica Roth and has topped The New York Times Best Seller list since being published in April 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins Publishers.  Book sales of the “Divergent” trilogy have surged to nearly 22 million copies worldwide, up from 17 million at the time of DIVERGENT’s March 21 release.

DIVERGENT has already grossed more than $260 million at the worldwide box office, making the film Lionsgate’s highest-grossing domestic box office release outside THE HUNGER GAMES and TWILIGHT franchises.

The third and fourth installments in the series, ALLEGIANT – PARTS 1 & 2, are slated for release on March 18, 2016 and March 24, 2017, respectively. 

Erik Feig, Co-President of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, and Gillian Bohrer, Lionsgate’s EVP of Production & Development, are overseeing the project for the studio. 

To stay connected with all updates related to the film, follow the official Twitter handle (www.twitter.com/Divergent) and like the movie’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Divergent).


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‘INSURGENT’ movie officially greenlit by Lionsgate!

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Divergent hit theaters in a some theaters last night at 8pm. Others where able to see the film at 12am. Either way Divergent has been a hit so far. It has $4.9 million for just Thursday night. That is a great number.

That being said Insurgent has officially been greenlit by Lionsgate!Read Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer’s statement:

“We’re off to a great start with strong numbers from all regions of the country, urban, suburban and rural alike,” said CEO Jon Feltheimer on Friday. “We’re confident that Divergent is on its way to becoming another important franchise for us, and we have just greenlit the second film, Insurgent.”

Insurgent already has a release date of March 20th, 2015.

Are you guys excited? I know I am!

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Lionsgate Supports ‘Allegiant’ Ending: Says it Won’t Hurt Divergent Box Office Sales!

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There has been lots of controversy about the ending of Allegiant. I won’t say exactly what happens for the sake of those that haven’t read the book yet. But fans were in an uproar because of the way that Allegiant ended. Thanks The Wrap

Lionsgate CEO released a statement about the Divergent films:

“A little controversy in terms of publicity never hurts,” Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said during a conference call with analysts on Friday.

I have to say that I agree. I believe that these Divergent films will do great. Not only do the books have a huge following, but the movie has been generating brand new fans. Those fans plus the fans that have been following these books since the beginning will definitely go out and watch the movie. In my opinion Divergent will be close to The Hunger Games if not better.


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‘DIVERGENT’ footage shown at Cannes Film Festival!

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The Cannes Film Festival is a huge event every year. Divergent is currently filming in Chicago and will not be out until March 21, 2014.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lionsgate showed sneak preview of footage at the film at the festival.

Lionsgate brought stars Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth and director Francis Lawrence to Cannes to tout The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. It also showed a sneak preview of footage from one of its upcoming young adult franchises, Summit Entertainment’s Divergent.