Insurgent tops US box office but Sean Penn’s Gunman backfires

Insurgent tops US box office but Sean Penn's Gunman backfires

Fantasy sequel Insurgent has debuted at the top of the US box office, earning $54m (£36m) in its opening weekend.

Starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James, it took slightly less than the first instalment, Divergent, which opened last year to $54.6m (£36.7m).
Film company Lionsgate said it was “pleased” with the result, and noted there was little competition for the film’s teen audience over Easter.
Elsewhere, Sean Penn’s action movie The Gunman fired a blank with US audiences.
The star could only muster $5m (£3.3m) for the tough tale of Congo mercenaries, which he co-wrote and co-produced.
It had been hoped the film would capitalise on the audience for the “geriaction” genre – popularised by Liam Neeson’s Taken series, with which The Gunman shares a director, Pierre Morel.

Sean Penn’s film also stars Mark Rylance, Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone and Idris Elba

However, reviews were resoundingly negative. The Atlantic’s Christopher Orr called it “a dull, generic retread, made far worse by Penn’s self-seriousness as an actor, by the banal political pieties he’s grafted on as producer and co-writer, and by the presence of a pitifully retrograde female lead role.”
Thanks to a slow weekend at the cinema, The Gunman managed a number four chart position, beaten by Insurgent, Cinderella and Liam Neeson’s own action thriller Run All Night.
Cinderella, which had been last week’s chart topper, had a strong second week, taking a further $34.5m (£23.2m), bringing its total earnings to $122m (£82m).




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