This weekend Hollywood was again unable to lure teens to the multiplex in droves, as
The pricey sci-fi flick debuted with a so-so $28 million, according to an estimate from Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment, which distributed the movie. While the opening is far from disastrous -- it's actually $5 million more than industry predictions suggested -- it still isn't great given that the studio was likely hoping "Ender's Game" would launch a successful Y.A. franchise.
Meanwhile, in somewhat of a surprise,
Heading into the weekend, pre-release audience surveys indicated the 3-D animated movie "Free Birds" would easily top the comedy
Based on Orson Scott Card's bestselling 1985 novel, "Ender's Game" stars 16-year-old newcomer
The movie is the latest in a series of films made for the under-18 crowd that have failed to connect at the box office. In the wake of the massively popular "Twilight" and "Harry Potter" franchises,
"Ender's Game" cost a pretty penny to produce -- about $110 million, co-financed by OddLot Entertainment, the visual effects company Digital Domain and Summit. However, the financiers insist that international pre-sales took care of the majority of the film's production costs, meaning they would not have much on the line financially.
While "Ender's Game" played to an older-than-expected demographic, "Last Vegas" resonated with exactly the crowd distributor
Financed by CBS and Good Universe, "Last Vegas" follows four older gentlemen who travel to Sin City for a bachelor's party. The movie played best in the South -- where Freeman's movies are often popular -- and the Midwest: On Saturday, the movie sold more tickets at a theater in Oklahoma City than any other venue in the country.
As for "Free Birds," the movie is the first partnership between
The movie follows two turkeys (voiced by