‘Divergent’ a dual hit at box office, bookstores

British actor Theo James and U.S actress Shailene Woodley arrive for the German film premiere of "Divergent" in Berlin, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. (Photo credit: AP photo by Markus Schreiber)

British actor Theo James and U.S actress Shailene Woodley arrive for the German film premiere of “Divergent” in Berlin, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. (Photo credit: AP photo by Markus Schreiber)

The Associated Press

NEW YORK — It’s good news for novelist Veronica Roth: “Divergent” is a hit at the box office and a blockbuster at book stores.

A spokeswoman for HarperCollins Children’s Books said Tuesday that the young adult series set in a dystopian future has been selling 500,000 copies a week over the past three weeks.

The movie “Divergent” is based on the first book and stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet. The action-thriller was released March 21 and has already made nearly $100 million.

The first “Divergent” book was published in 2011, and total sales for the series now exceed 18 million copies.

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