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‘Divergent’ crew mixed on ‘HG’ comparisons

March 20, 2014 • Entertainment


This photo released by Summit Entertainment, LLC shows Shailene Woodley as Beatrice “Tris” Prior, in the film, “Divergent.” (AP Photo/Summit Entertainment, Jaap Buitendijk)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The producers of the young-adult, sci-fi adaptation “Divergent” are fine with comparisons to “The Hunger Games.” Just don’t hold them to a $150 million opening.

“We’d be crazy not to be happy about the comparisons,” producer Doug Wick said in a recent interview. “The downside is people having ridiculous expectations.”

Based on Veronica Roth’s best-selling YA novel, “Divergent” hits theaters Friday, with a projected domestic gross of about $60 million on its opening weekend. That’s a lot less than the $152.5 million “The Hunger Games” made in its 2012 domestic debut.

“We want to be our own movie,” said producer Lucy Fisher. “The comparisons are great, but you can’t say you will duplicate a phenomenon. We always saw this creatively, as a movie with a very different heroine.”

“Divergent” is set in a dystopian future in Chicago, where everyone is divided into “factions” based on their virtues. The story follows 16-year-old Tris (Shailene Woodley), who chooses to Login to read more

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