The investigative journalists at Buzzfeed did a thorough investigation of why the "Divergent" movies bombed so hard. The reasons include:
-The original YA books read like they were written by a college creative writing student who was influenced by Christianity and Harry Potter... and they were.
-The plot is a thinly veiled Harry Potter ripoff with "factions" instead of Hogwarts houses.
-The movies debuted during YA adaptation burnout. The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, The Fault In Our Stars, The Mortal Bones, and Beautiful Creatures all debuted around the same time.
-They tried to split the 3rd movie into 4 parts.
-The first part of the last movie made only $178 million worldwide on a $110 million budget.
I'm including the Honest Trailer bc it's so damn accurate.