Ender’s Game has been a long time coming and frankly, I find it sad that such a popular adaptation barely opened on par with last summer’s After Earth, another sci-fi, albeit of much lower quality. Meanwhile Bad Grandpa kept the other new releases at bay, of which none impressed.
Ender’s Game grossed $27 million on its first weekend, a result that’s on the higher end of Lionsgate’s expectations. That being said, Lionsgate really had low balled this flick at $20 something million so the fact it ended up higher is no surprise. Comparing Ender’s Game to other more recent sci-fi book adaptations doesn’t work so well in its favor. I already mentioned After Earth ($27.4 million), but that’s not the only one. Last year John Carter debuted with $30.1 million, ending its run at $73 million. As most of you know by now, that was a massive box office bust for Disney. Now in Ender’s defense, John Carter did cost more than twice as much, so let’s not be so harsh with it. After all Ender’s Game really is a good movie, deserving of more attention than it has gotten so far.
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa feel only 37.6% (a new best for Jackass actually) for a 2nd weekend of $20 million. Ten days in and Bad Grandpa grossed $61.5 million, ahead of Jackass: Number Two at the same point ($52 million) but behind Jackass 3-D ($86.8 million).
Last Vegas opened with $16.3 million, a bit better for star Robert DeNiro than his previous feature, The Family ($14 million back in September). Now for Michael Douglas Last Vegas is on par with the past few years of his career while for Morgan Freeman this ranks on the low end. Kevin Kline, well, this is a step up for him at the box office. All in all not a bad start, although certainly nothing to write home about (maybe for Kevin Kline it is).
Some of the most successful animations of all time made their debut in November (Toy Story, Incredibles, Aladdin and many more), which makes sense with Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner. Now Free Birds could not bank on its release date and only scored $15.8 million. I my humble opinion, while it certainly didn’t cost all that much ($55 million budget), this turkey is not getting a presidential pardon.
Gravity rounds out the top 5 with another solid weekend, this time at $12.8 million. So far the sci-fi hit brought $218.8 million, currently the 8th highest grossing movie of 2013 and the 107th of all time. Gravity is looking to finish in the neighborhood of $260-265 million domestically.