'sthird installment of the Divergent franchise, "Divergent Series:Allegiant," claimed the top spot on comScore Inc.'s video-on-demand rankings for the weekended July 17, beating Sony Corp.'s"Miracles from Heaven," which debuted at No. 2.
"Allegiant,"which picks up the story after the events of 2015's "Insurgent," followsheroine Tris, played by Shailene Woodley, who must escape with Four, played byTheo James, beyond the wall that encircles Chicago, to finally discover theshocking truth of the world around them. The movie's cast also includes JeffDaniels, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Zoë Kravitz, Maggie Q, Ray Stevenson, BillSkarsgard, Octavia Spencer and Naomi Watts.
"Allegiant"made $66.2 million at the domestic box office and $113 million overseas for aworldwide take of $179.2 million, according toBoxOfficeMojo.com. ComScore estimated the film's domestic gross at $66.1million.
Themovie was largely panned by critics. "Allegiant improves on previous entriesin The Divergent Series on a few superficial levels, but they aren't enough tocounteract a sense of growing boredom with a franchise that's gone on too long,"wroteRottenTomatoes.com, giving "Allegiant" a "rotten" rating of13%, with an audience score of 44%. On Metacritic, the movie earneda 33 out of 100, and a user score of 3.9. IMDb's rating, as ofJuly 27, stood at a 5.8.
"Miraclesfrom Heaven," which was at No. 2 in the measured period, is based on amemoir by Christy Beam about her daughter who was cured of an incurable diseaseand went through a near-death experience. The movie stars Jennifer Garner,Kylie Rogers, Martin Henderson, John Carroll Lynch, Eugenio Derbez and QueenLatifah.
Themovie generated about $61.7 million in the U.S. and $11.9 millioninternationally, for a global total of roughly $73.6 million, against aproduction budget of $13 million, accordingto BoxOfficeMojo.com. According to comScore, the movie made $61.6 million atthe U.S. box office.
"Miraclesfrom Heaven makes the most out of an outstanding performance from JenniferGarner, but it isn't quite enough to keep this faith-based drama from preachingto the choir," wroteRottenTomatoes.com, giving the movie a 44% "rotten" rating and anaudience score of 82%. On Metacritic, the movie received a 44out of 100 and a user score of 5.8. IMDb's score was a 6.7.
Universal'sthriller "Eye in the Sky" was at No. 7 on the VOD rankings for themeasured period. Starring Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman and BarkhadAbdi, the movie revolves around the legal, ethical and political dilemmas thatmilitary personnel face during the modern drone warfare.
"Eye in the Sky," which pulled in $18.7 million atthe domestic box office, received a "fresh" 95% rating onRottenTomatoes.com, which called the movie "a powerfully acted — andunusually cerebral — spin on the modern wartime political thriller." Theaudience score on the site was an 84%, while Metacritic gave the movie a score of 73 out of100 and a user score of 6.9. IMDb's score stood ata 7.4.
Meanwhile, WaltDisney Co.'s Buena Vista led the 2016 box office gross chart forthe major studios analyzed, with a take of about $2.12 billion, according toS&P Global Market Intelligence data for the year through week 29.
21st CenturyFox Inc.'s 20th Century Fox was at the No. 2 spot with a box officegross of $941.8 million, followed by ComcastCorp.'s Universal at No. 3 with $729.4 million. Sony was at No. 4with $455.8 million. Viacom Inc.'sParamount was at No. 5 with $430.2 million, followed by LionsGate at No. 6 with$279.3 million and Focus Features at No. 7 with $131.3 million.