Box Office: ‘Ender’s Game’ Takes Number One Spot

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


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