With "Ender's Game" game taking over the top spot at the box office, some will rejoice while others will look at "Last Vegas" and think that could actually be a bigger winner.
"Jackass: Bad Grandpa" held on nicely for a second place finish after winning its first weekend.
That leaves "Free Birds" not flapping along very high. Perhaps they should have wanted to land on a Thanksgiving table. Kudos to "Last Vegas" for pulling in the older crowd, much like "Gravity" did. That is one demographic often overlooked and should not be. CBS TV aims for them and hasn't lost a season in overall viewers in years.
"Last Vegas" has the familiar ring and that is what many older viewers want. They want established stars having fun. They got that in this. It also stars Oscar winners Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Robert Kline and Mary Steenburgen.With a budget of only $28 million, its take is nice while "Ender's Game" had a $110 million budget. The real key to that will be its second weekend drop. How far will the film based on Orson Scott Card’s novel drop?
Not sure whether to call this a solid weekend or not. It seems a bit lazy as movie-goers launch into the potential blockbusters as the year comes to a close. But, a $28 million win for "Ender's Game" should come as good news for the studio. Not to mention the top five all in double digits. So, let's leave it at that. It was a weekend that where many films saw business and that is always a good thing.
1. "Ender’s Game" - $28 million
2. "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" - $20.5 million
3. "Last Vegas" - $16.5 million
4. "Free Birds" - $16.2 million
5. "Gravity" - $13.1 million
"12 Years a Slave" is perched in the top ten (No. 7) despite being in only 472 theaters ($4.3 million). The current Oscar front-runner is playing perfectly for that run. The one film that may derail its front-runner status is the star-studded "American Hustle." Stay tuned.
Box Office Mojo is also reporting a look back at October and it was disappointing as it posted a seven percent decline from last year. The winner was "Gravity" but the bombs exploded all over, too. From "Machete Kills," "Runner Runner" and "Escape Plan." Oh, and "Carrie," too.
"Dallas Buyers Club" did very well in limited release ]and is now in the award season discussion for two actors, Matthew Mc McConaughey and Jared Leto. It grossed $264,000 from 9 theaters. That makes it a $29,333 average per screen.
Now, bring on "Thor: The Dark World" and "Hunger Games." "Thor" is off to a great start overseas as it has racked up $109.4 million. The report on "Hunger Games" has also been good. See that here.