Lionsgate’s Sci-Fi “November blockbuster” Ender’s Game crashed and burned upon opening this weekend recording a very soft 9.9 million dollars of Friday playing in over a whopping 3400+ theaters according to BoxOfficeMojo.com
Science Fiction movies based on novels are notoriously front-loaded with many fans flocking to see the movie on the first day. Expect a small to no percentage increase on Saturday with EG’s box office coming in at about 8 – 11 millions dollars and a 40% percent drop on that Sunday which will put the weekends final total somewhere between 22 to 24 million dollars. Starship Troopers which opened on the same weekended in 1997 had an opening box weekend box office of 23 million dollars and ended its theatrical run with a domestic total gross of only $54,814,377
Ender’s Game which has been plagued by years stuck of being stuck in development and the recent boycott against it because of its notoriously homophobic and racist author Orson Scott Card cost 110 million dollars to make.
While its hard to determine if the Skip Ender’s Game Boycott by the LGBT community and its straight allies are responsible for the movies low opening numbers is hard to tell. But it certainly did help..