Surprising very few, Ender’s Game, the adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s wildly successful science fiction novel opened on top of the box office chart for the weekend of Nov. 1-3.
Ender’s took in an estimated $28 million to lead the pack as the lead up to the holiday movie-going season begins. Considering the anticipation for the film, that number may be considered low and what will ultimately determine Ender’s success and whether another film from the series of books gets made is whether it has some staying power. That could be tough given the big guns in the form of Thor: The Dark World, which took in more than $109 million in its international release this weekend, opens state side.
Showing that they still have some pull, the quartet of Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline, brought in $16.5 million with Last Vegas, the story of four friends in their golden years hitting Vegas for the bachelor party of one of them who plans to marry a woman half his age.
The only other new release, Free Birds, grabbed $16.25 million.
For the year, the box office is tracking just a half percent ahead of last year, but with blockbusters and award contending films in the wings, that could easily change.
Here is this week’s Top 10, according to Rentrak:
Ender’s Game (Lionsgate): $28 million
Bad Granpa (Paramount): $20.5 million
Last Vegas (CBS Films): $16.52 million
Free Birds (Relativity Media): $16.2 million
Gravity (Warner Bros.): $13.1 million
Captain Phillips (Columbia): $8.5 million
12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight): $4.6 million
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Sony): $4.2 million
Carrie (Sony): $3.4 million
The Counselor (Fox): $3.25 million