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Weekend Box Office Report: November 1-3, 2013

11.03.2013

Ender wins the Game!

The young military commander who will save us from invading aliens also conquered the box office this weekend, as ENDER'S GAME opened at #1 with $28 million!

The long-in-development adaptation of Orson Scott Card's best-selling 1985 sci-fi novel, featuring Asa Butterfield as the titular prodigy with support by Harrison Ford and Sir Ben Kingsley, acquired a decent 'B+' CinemaScore from audiences (along with a not-great 62% Rotten Tomatoes rating by critics). And ENDER'S GAME will need some word-of-mouth business, because with its $100-plus million budget and a number of high-profile challengers arriving in the next few weeks, Ender may not be back for Game #2...

Speaking of heavy competition, Marvel continued its practice of opening their films internationally before the US, with more impressive results. THOR: THE DARK WORLD dropped the hammer on most foreign territories over the weekend, already pounding out $109.4 million before the Thunder God lands in North America this Friday.

Meanwhile, Johnny Knoxville's elderly alter-ego in JACKASS PRESENTS BAD GRADPA skidded to second place with $20.5 million, a stumble of only 36% from its opening weekend. It was enough to stay ahead of two new releases -- the all-star senior citizen Sin City trip LAST VEGAS opened in third with $16.5 million, while the CG-animated family flick FREE BIRDS was just a few feathers behind with $16.2 million.

Neither movie impressed critics (43% Rotten Tomatoes for LAST VEGAS, 21% for FREE BIRDS), but both movies received an 'A-' CinemaScore from paying crowds, and the Thanksgiving theme of FREE BIRDS and shortage of family alternatives may help keep it gobbling along through the holiday weekend.

GRAVITY is finally starting to be drawn back to Earth, now down from #2 to fifth place (on its fifth weekend) with $13.1 million and a worldwide total currently at $426 million. And still cruising along behind Alfonso Cuaron's space film is Tom Hanks' oceanic misfortune CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, in sixth with $8.5 million as it sails past the $100 million mark worldwide.

The acclaimed drama 12 YEARS A SLAVE added nearly 300 screens and bumped up a slot to seventh with $4.6 million and (once again) the highest per-screen average in the Top 10. CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 and the remake of CARRIE trailed behind, while the A-list fiasco THE COUNSELOR barely clings to the list in its second weekend.  

Outside the chart, ESCAPE PLAN got locked away along with ENOUGH SAID and PRISONERS. The time-travel romcom ABOUT TIME opened on 175 screens (before expanding next week) and came in at #12 with $1.1 million, while Keanu Reeves' feature directing debut MAN OF TAI CHI only kicked up $112k on 110 screens (though it's already been available via VOD and download for some time). For limited releases, the Matthew McConaughey/Jared Leto drama DALLAS BUYERS CLUB had the best showing ($29k per-screen average) while the Naomi Watts-starring princess biopic DIANA got dissed with just $1,700 per-screen.

Next weekend offers only one wide release, the return of Marvel's strapping Asgardian and his Tumblr-approved half-brother Loki in THOR: THE DARK WORLD.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Ender's Game $28 M
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2. Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa $20.5 M $62 M
3. Last Vegas $16.5 M
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4. Free Birds $16.2 M
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5. Gravity $13.1 M $219.1 M
6. Captain Phillips $8.5 M $82.5 M
7. 12 Years a Slave $4.6 M $8.7 M
8. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 $4.2 M $106.1 M
9. Carrie $3.4 M $31.9 M
10. The Counselor $3.2 M $13.3 M

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4:56AM on 11/04/2013
Saw Thor and really enjoyed it, far more than Iron Man 3. Although, once again, the 3D proves pointless.
Fantastic soundtrack too, Brian Tyler knocked it out of the park.

Greenwich isn't 3 stops from Charing Cross though, its not even on the same line :)

And apparently next week's Agents of SHIELD ties in with it.
Saw Thor and really enjoyed it, far more than Iron Man 3. Although, once again, the 3D proves pointless.
Fantastic soundtrack too, Brian Tyler knocked it out of the park.

Greenwich isn't 3 stops from Charing Cross though, its not even on the same line :)

And apparently next week's Agents of SHIELD ties in with it.
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8:35PM on 11/03/2013
A fellow schmoe predicted that Ender's Game might end up like The Lone Ranger at the box office; good that it's not the case. It's a decent film and I know fans of the book have said it's watered down a lot, but it's still pretty hard-hitting for a film marketed mainly towards a teenage audience.
A fellow schmoe predicted that Ender's Game might end up like The Lone Ranger at the box office; good that it's not the case. It's a decent film and I know fans of the book have said it's watered down a lot, but it's still pretty hard-hitting for a film marketed mainly towards a teenage audience.
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9:27AM on 11/04/2013
Ender's Game was a decent movie and worth seeing. As a fan of the book series, I was disappointed with a lot of it, but I fully expected that to happen. There was just a few little things I wish they fleshed out better.
Ender's Game was a decent movie and worth seeing. As a fan of the book series, I was disappointed with a lot of it, but I fully expected that to happen. There was just a few little things I wish they fleshed out better.
9:57AM on 11/04/2013
I think that's a very fair assessment; there always will be some things lost in translation in a bid to make the material more palatable but I guess they could have diluted it even more and I'm glad that the themes in the movie did make it in.
I think that's a very fair assessment; there always will be some things lost in translation in a bid to make the material more palatable but I guess they could have diluted it even more and I'm glad that the themes in the movie did make it in.
11:14PM on 11/04/2013
I know everyone says that Ender's Game is a teen movie that's being eyed to become a teen-centric franchise, but that really is just blatantly false. I mean people do realize that Ender's 35 in the next book, right? Even with this film if you look on Rotten Tomatoes the majority of people who went to see the film were 25 and older.
I know everyone says that Ender's Game is a teen movie that's being eyed to become a teen-centric franchise, but that really is just blatantly false. I mean people do realize that Ender's 35 in the next book, right? Even with this film if you look on Rotten Tomatoes the majority of people who went to see the film were 25 and older.
8:17PM on 11/03/2013

Double Feature...

Caught Gravity and Thor this weekend... and while it wasn't quite as good as the first one, I thought Dark World was the strongest phase two movie thus far and finally marvel movie with a noteworthy score. On a side note, while 4DX (not in the US yet) is a thousand times more gimmicky than 3D, it is still a blast with a movie like Gravity.

Not sure if i'll see Ender's Game or not. Did like the book when I was younger and I always like to support Harrison Ford, still gotta month before it
Caught Gravity and Thor this weekend... and while it wasn't quite as good as the first one, I thought Dark World was the strongest phase two movie thus far and finally marvel movie with a noteworthy score. On a side note, while 4DX (not in the US yet) is a thousand times more gimmicky than 3D, it is still a blast with a movie like Gravity.

Not sure if i'll see Ender's Game or not. Did like the book when I was younger and I always like to support Harrison Ford, still gotta month before it comes out in Korea.
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7:52PM on 11/03/2013
Although I knew Ender's Game would be a hit, I saw it (got pressured to see it) and left unimpressed. It wasn't a bad film by any means, but I'm well past my teenage years, and because of this, I'll give it's long stretches of boredom and completely cliched, uninspired, unsatisfying ending a pass. I can see some people digging it, but it wasn't for me. I'd rather have spent my cash on Gravity again, or held on to it for Thor...
Although I knew Ender's Game would be a hit, I saw it (got pressured to see it) and left unimpressed. It wasn't a bad film by any means, but I'm well past my teenage years, and because of this, I'll give it's long stretches of boredom and completely cliched, uninspired, unsatisfying ending a pass. I can see some people digging it, but it wasn't for me. I'd rather have spent my cash on Gravity again, or held on to it for Thor...
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4:31PM on 11/03/2013
In comparing the film to other young adult start-ups, Ender's Game fared slightly better than when The Golden Compass opened on this very weekend 6 years ago. With such a low take I imagine it will fight to cross $100M domestically, considering Thor TDW and Catching Fire are going to make insane amounts of money this month.
In comparing the film to other young adult start-ups, Ender's Game fared slightly better than when The Golden Compass opened on this very weekend 6 years ago. With such a low take I imagine it will fight to cross $100M domestically, considering Thor TDW and Catching Fire are going to make insane amounts of money this month.
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11:20PM on 11/04/2013
Its not a young-adult start up. I know everyone makes it sound like that's what the studio's hoping to do, but Ender is 35 in the sequel. I'm sure the studio was hoping for a big enough hit to start a franchise, but the Golden Compass / Harry Potter / Hunger Games franchise comparisons, while plentiful are wholly inaccurate. None of the other books in the core series feature a teenage protagonist.
Its not a young-adult start up. I know everyone makes it sound like that's what the studio's hoping to do, but Ender is 35 in the sequel. I'm sure the studio was hoping for a big enough hit to start a franchise, but the Golden Compass / Harry Potter / Hunger Games franchise comparisons, while plentiful are wholly inaccurate. None of the other books in the core series feature a teenage protagonist.
3:52PM on 11/03/2013
I saw 12 Years A Slave this weekend. Brilliant film and powerful, raw filmmaking. You might as well give Chiwetel Ejiofor the Oscar right now. Was absolutely floored throughout the entre film.
I saw 12 Years A Slave this weekend. Brilliant film and powerful, raw filmmaking. You might as well give Chiwetel Ejiofor the Oscar right now. Was absolutely floored throughout the entre film.
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3:33PM on 11/03/2013
It's pretty frustrating to see Escape Plan failing at the box office. Most people never even gave it a chance.
It's pretty frustrating to see Escape Plan failing at the box office. Most people never even gave it a chance.
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4:33PM on 11/03/2013
In the mid-90s it would have topped the charts for 3 weeks and likely receive a sequel. But that's just it; now it's a dated concept with once-prominent actors that don't stand out the way they used to.
In the mid-90s it would have topped the charts for 3 weeks and likely receive a sequel. But that's just it; now it's a dated concept with once-prominent actors that don't stand out the way they used to.
5:31PM on 11/03/2013
I know, unfortunately that's the sad truth. Everything has changed and people have a particular perception of things. They're probably going to have to do more ensemble work and try some different things. The movie was actually very good with genuine performances from Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Sam Neil and Jim Caviezel which is why it's disappointing to see it not doing well. But again you are right about the timing. Granted it's made some money, plus there is foreign box office intake and
I know, unfortunately that's the sad truth. Everything has changed and people have a particular perception of things. They're probably going to have to do more ensemble work and try some different things. The movie was actually very good with genuine performances from Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Sam Neil and Jim Caviezel which is why it's disappointing to see it not doing well. But again you are right about the timing. Granted it's made some money, plus there is foreign box office intake and blu-Ray/DVD sales to consider.
7:18PM on 11/03/2013
I've yet to see Escape Plan or Bullet to the Head but The Last Stand was lots of fun. Whilst neither Expendables movie has done it for me, I appreciate what Stallone was trying to do and Rambo was a solid entry. Alas...the fans for such movies are clearly a dying breed.
I've yet to see Escape Plan or Bullet to the Head but The Last Stand was lots of fun. Whilst neither Expendables movie has done it for me, I appreciate what Stallone was trying to do and Rambo was a solid entry. Alas...the fans for such movies are clearly a dying breed.
11:27PM on 11/04/2013
To each their own, but I thought Escape Plan was pretty mediocre. I'm sure if it had been released 15 or 20 years ago it would have made money, but even then I don't think it would have been held up as being one of either actor's shining moments. Terminator, Rocky, Rambo, True Lies, Conan, those are all iconic films with some genuine talent either behind the camera or behind the keyboard or both. Escape Plan was just a fun, generic romp if you like 90's action films. If anything it would've
To each their own, but I thought Escape Plan was pretty mediocre. I'm sure if it had been released 15 or 20 years ago it would have made money, but even then I don't think it would have been held up as being one of either actor's shining moments. Terminator, Rocky, Rambo, True Lies, Conan, those are all iconic films with some genuine talent either behind the camera or behind the keyboard or both. Escape Plan was just a fun, generic romp if you like 90's action films. If anything it would've gone the way of Eraser or the Specialist, commercially successful but ultimately just a footnote in two careers marked by better films.
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