Friday Box Office: ENDER’S GAME Tracks Solid Opening

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After an uneven October dominated by just one title, November’s box office got off to a more equitable start. Two of Friday’s new releases did solid business on their opening days – with Ender’s Game coming out on top, as expected. The sci-fi adaptation earned an estimated $9.9 million from 3,407 locations on Friday, including $1.4 million from Thursday pm and midnight previews.  That puts Ender’s Game on track for close to $30 million through Sunday – a bit higher than the $26 million start Lionsgate was expecting.

Targeting a more ‘mature’ audience, Last Vegas is also off to a good start. The CBS Films title earned an estimated $5.1 million from 3,065 venues on Friday. That puts Last Vegas on track for a $15 million first weekend – the high end of expectations for this star-studded comedy. Compared to its live-action compatriots, Free Birds looks like the frame’s only turkey. The animated feature earned just $4 million on Friday despite having the widest release of the week at 3,736 locations. Even with the typical Saturday kiddie bump, Free Birds is not projected to earn more than $16 million through Sunday. We’ll have complete details tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Ender’s Game $9,900,000 $9.9
2.  Bad Grandpa $6,090,000 $47.6
3.  Last Vegas $5,100,000 $5.1
4.  Free Birds $4,000,000 $4
5.  Gravity $3,610,000 $209.6

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  • The General Audience

    Good to see that bullshit hype job gravity starting to fail. That movie blew.

  • TedSallis

    I’m happy to see Ender’s Game doing well. I’ve been waiting since about 1987 for a movie of it and I thought they did a really nice job with it. My wife who has not read (and reread) it did not see the twist coming and really liked it so it satisfied both the ardent fan and the total noob in our family at least. They even gave a nod to Speaker for the Dead in there, pretty slick. I’d love to see a TV miniseries adaption of the Alvin Maker books.

    • Reality Check

      Hope you’re proud that your money went to pay for Card’s gay bashing. YOU DEMENTED BASTARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Old Soldier

        Yeh, you show him! Fight “hate” with MORE hate!
        P.S. Chick-fil-A was goooooooood.

      • Reality Check

        Also, does anybody know if there is a Trayvon Martin impersonator that i can hire to come to my house, gather my family in the living room, drop his pants and start pissing in my open mouth while yelling “ACTION”? I’d really like that, in fact, i’m pretty sure that it’ll be the best birthday ever! I’m willing to pay $300 cash. $350 if he can make it taste like CORN. ;-) Lulz!

      • TedSallis

        It didn’t. He got paid a looooooooong time ago and won’t see a dime from any box office. I’m all for people standing up and making noise when it actually has some kind of effect and a goal that makes sense. In this case that does not apply. And honestly, Card’s just on the wrong side of history here. The changes that are coming are inevitable and have nothing to do with how much money he does or does not make as a writer of stuff. The hue and cry aimed at him is pointless, and all the vitriol would be better spent on the politicians and policy makers who are actually slowing progress than some dorky mormon sci fi writer.

  • Old Soldier

    Looks like Geeks OUT! was Shut OUT!

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