As many people predicted, Divergent was a hit at the midnight box office on Thursday and raked in an impressive $4.9 million.
In a statement, Lionsgate chief executive officer Jon Feltheimer said:
“We’re off to a great start with strong numbers from all regions of the country, urban, suburban and rural alike. 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.’”
Divergent follows in the footsteps of other YA fiction book to film adaptions like Twilight, which brought in $7 million from midnight showings, and The Hunger Games, which brought in $19.7 million.
Fans of Divergent have known that release dates for the second and third books in the series had already been set, with Insurgent scheduled for March 2015 and Allegiant scheduled for March 2016.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Divergent is on track to make an estimated $60 million in its opening weekend, which would make it the second biggest opening of the year, after The LEGO Movie.
Divergent stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, and Maggie Q.