Dystopian thriller "Divergent," the story of a society that divides people based on personality traits, dominated weekend movie charts with $56 million in North American ticket sales, kicking off a new franchise for "Hunger Games" producer Lionsgate.

"Muppets Most Wanted" finished in second place, nabbing $16.5 million from Friday through Sunday, according to estimates provided by Rentrak. Animated "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," produced by Dreamworks Animation, took the No. 3 slot with $11.7 million.

"Divergent" is adapted from a popular series of young adult novels by newcomer author Veronica Roth. Ahead of the weekend, forecasters had predicted the film would debut with between $50 million and $68 million in North American ticket sales.