By Will Ashton
Not to anyone’s real surprise, the next young adult novel adaptation hoping to become a series, Ender’s Game, opened in the number one spot with $28 million.
While this isn’t a terrible opening, considering that Thor: The Dark World is set to come out next weekend, it’s questionable whether the film will be able to make back its $110 million budget before it exits the theaters. I guess the answer to that will come in the following weeks.
Meanwhile, last week’s number one spot, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, came in second this weekend with a solid $20.5 million. While the film already made back its budget and then some last weekend, considering that the film only had a 36% drop, it looks as though the film is going to continue doing well.
As for the other newcomers, they didn’t do too bad themselves either. The comedy Last Vegas, rocking a murder’s row of Oscar winners, including Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas and Mary Steenburgen, was able to pull in an OK $16.5 million in third place. Considering that the budget was only $28 million, it shouldn’t have any problems making back its budget.
Additionally, the family film Free Birds also opened over the weekend, came in fourth with $16.2 million. A little slim, for a animated kids film, and considering the budget is $55 million, maybe this one should be a little worried.
Also, opening in limited release, About Time brought in a healthy $1.1 million in 175 theaters.
As I mentioned above, next weekend sees the release of Thor: The Dark World, along with How I Live Now in limited release and on demand. I think we know what will be the king next week.
Check out the full box office below:
1. Ender’s Game $28 million $28 million
2. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa $20.5 million $62.1 million
3. Last Vegas $16.5 million $16.5 million
4. Free Birds $16.2 million $16.2 million
5. Gravity $13.1 million $219.2 million
6. Captain Phillips $8.5 million $82.5 million
7. 12 Years a Slave $4.6 million $8.7 million
8. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 $4.2 million $106.1 million
9. Carrie $3.4 million $31.9 million
10. The Counselor $3.2 million $13.3 million