The pricey adaptation of Orson Scott Card's popular 1985 sci-fi novel is poised to debut at No. 1 with a so-so $23 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys.
But the animated 3-D film "Free Birds" -- which cost only half as much to make as "Ender's Game" -- won't be far behind, with a decent $20 million.
The only other film debuting nationwide this weekend, the AARP-aimed comedy
"Ender's Game" has had more than a decade-long journey to the big screen. OddLot Entertainment producer Gigi Pritzker struggled for years to persuade
What's more, “Ender's Game" has just one week of clear sailing at the box office because
“Free Birds” is the first feature film release for Reel FX Animation Studios and
"Last Vegas" stars
Not surprisingly, the film is appealing most to those between the age of 45 and 65 -- a demographic that doesn't typically rush out to see a new movie on its opening weekend. CBS is hopeful that the movie will play like
In limited release, Universal Pictures is launching its romantic drama "About Time" in 175 theaters. The film, written and directed by
Universal, which co-financed the $12-million production with Elliott
Meanwhile, Focus Features will launch its “Dallas Buyers Club,” a period
The movie, which reaches theaters after a tortuous 20-year development period, has been stirring awards buzz for McConaughey and costar Jared Leto since premiering at the
John Horn and Steven Zeitchik contributed to this report.