Summit and OddLot Entertainment’s $110 million adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi classic Ender’s Game blasted off in first place with $9.9 million on Friday. The film, which stars Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford, will likely gross about $26 million over its first three days, which is more than YA fare like The Mortal Instruments or The Host, but nowhere close to Twilight or The Hunger Games.
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa held up very nicely in second place with $6.1 million, marking a 52 percent drop from last Friday. (That’s pretty great for a spinoff sequel targeting teen moviegoers, who tend to rush to the theater on opening weekend.) The film will level off for the rest of the weekend and may end up dropping only about 40 percent to $19 million, which would give it $60 million total against a $15 million budget.
Third place belonged to CBS Films’ elder statesmen comedy Last Vegas, which scored $5.1 million on Friday and may earn about $15 million for the weekend. The film, which cost $28 million to produce, could become a nice performer for stars Morgan Freeman, Robert DeNiro, and Michael Douglas. With some solid word-of-mouth, Last Vegas may hold up like last year’s Hope Springs and finish with nearly $60 million total.
Free Birds only managed to gobble up $4 million on its opening day – a worrisome result for a 3D family film entering a marketplace with virtually no competition in over 3,700 theaters. Relativity’s $55 million turkey animation isn’t cooked just yet, but it will need great legs to be considered a success. For now, the film may earn about $14.5 million this weekend.
Rounding out the Top 5 was Gravity, which continued to impress with another $3.6 million on its fifth Friday. Warner Bros.’ $100 million space drama starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney may score about $12.5 million this weekend, enough for an excellent $218 million total.
1. Ender’s Game – $9.9 million
2. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa – $6.1 million
3. Last Vegas – $5.1 million
4. Free Birds – $4 million
5. Gravity – $3.6 million
Check back tomorrow for the full box office report.