Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

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70 years after a horrific alien war, an unusually gifted child is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion. Starring Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin, Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis & Hailee Steinfeld.
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November 4th, 2013

Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

"Ender's Game" took the lead at the box office during the weekend of November 1, earning $28 million. A serious boy, Ender often has a hard time fitting in. When the government notices his intelligence, Ender becomes an important pawn in an ongoing battle between humanity and an alien race. As he trains to partake in war, Ender must make increasingly difficult decisions about his path in life. "Ender's Game" has a PG-13 rating for violence, sci-fi action, and thematic content.

With debut weekend earnings of $16,520,000, "Last Vegas" made it to third place, falling just behind "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa." Four men who have been friends for their entire lives bring some fun to their golden years. Following Billy's belated engagement, the buddies congregate in Las Vegas to recapture some of the wildness of their youth. What they find is that the city has changed, but not as much they have. Mature content and language contribute to a PG-13 rating.

"Free Birds" saw earnings of $16,200,000. Jake, a turkey, is tired of losing his friends and neighbors to Thanksgiving celebrations. He recruits the help of timid Reggie. Together, the birds hope to travel back in time to 1621 and prevent turkeys from becoming the main ingredient in Thanksgiving feasts. But they don't count on unfriendly Pilgrims. "Free Birds" has a PG rating for action, peril, and some rude humor.

Continuing Films

"Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" maintained a strong box office presence, adding weekend profits of $20,500,000 to its total of over $62 million. Irving and his young grandson hit the open road on a quest to reach Billy's deadbeat dad. Along the way, though, Irving and Billy will find all kinds of excuses to get into mischief. From child beauty pageants to roadside bars, America's heartland holds plenty of surprises for the unlikely pair. The hidden camera movie has an R rating for crude mature content, language, drug use, and graphic nudity.

"Gravity" earned $13,130,000 during the weekend of November 1. Since its debut, the sci-fi movie has earned more than $219 million. After an unexpected encounter with stray space debris destroys a shuttle, a veteran astronaut has to help a rookie medical engineer survive the incident. The two try to work together to make their way to safety, but they're soon forced to acknowledge that space in a lonely and hostile place. The film's PG-13 rating is due to intense sequences of peril, disturbing images, and brief strong language.

"Captain Phillips" saw box office profits of $8,500,000. In total, "Captain Phillips" has brought in over $82 million. Off the Somali coast, a U.S. cargo ship runs into trouble. Captain Phillips enters into an uneasy negotiation with Muse, the stubborn and relentless leader of Somali pirates. As the crew of the Maersk Alabama waits for a rescue that might not happen, the outcome seems less and less certain. The film's PG-13 rating is due to sustained sequences of menace, violence, bloody images, and substance abuse.

Movies to DVD

"Grown Ups 2" arrives out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, November 5. After realizing that he wants to reconnect with his roots, Lenny moves his family from the glitzy, fast-paced world of Los Angeles to a small town environment. However, he and his children quickly realize that life in Lenny's hometown is not the same as it was when he was growing up. Crude and suggestive content, male rear nudity, and language contribute to a PG-13 rating.

"White House Down" stars Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum as the President and a Secret Service hopeful. Their lives collide after an armed and dangerous terrorist group takes control of the White House. As President James Sawyer tries to deal with the situation, he finds that John Cale offers his best shot at survival. "White House Down" has a PG-13 rating for prolonged action sequences that include gunfire and explosions, as well as for violence, language, and a brief mature image.

In "Girl Most Likely," the neurotic Imogene leaves her floundering New York career behind and moves back in with her oddball family. The struggling playwright discovers that life at home is weirder than ever. Her eccentric mother has strangers living in the house, making it especially difficult for Imogene to find her equilibrium again. The comedy's PG-13 rating is due to mature content and language.

"Passion" is Brian De Palma's exploration of ambition and jealousy. At a prestigious advertising firm, two women form a tense alliance. Christine is a rising star, but takes her insecurities out on Isabelle, a subordinate who is anxious to maintain her own position. When Christine pushes Isabelle past her breaking point, both women could suffer devastating and even fatal consequences. The film's R rating is due to mature content, language, and violence.