LOS ANGELES - October 31, 2013 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoing destination, "Ender's Game" is the #1 film that fans want to see this weekend, scoring 85 out of 100 points on Fandango's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator. The sci-fi action-adventure epic is leading the weekend's releases with strong ticket sales, outpacing Tom Cruise's "Oblivion," Matt Damon's "Elysium" and Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim" at the same point in their sales cycles.
A Fandango survey of "Ender's Game" ticket-buyers revealed that:
· 94% consider themselves Harrison Ford fans;
· 71% are already looking forward to a possible sequel;
· 53% have read the 1985 novel.
The critically acclaimed "12 Years a Slave" goes into wider release this weekend, and has entered the top-five on Fandango's Fanticipation chart. According to a Fandango poll of "12 Years" moviegoers:
· 89% claim the supporting cast (Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti) boosted their interest in seeing the film;
· 57% said they're more inclined to see the film because of its Oscar buzz.
"'12 Years a Slave' is a tough movie that demands to be seen, and its strong ticket sales demonstrate that audiences are always looking for smart, challenging movies, and not just escapist fare," says Fandango Chief Correspondent, Dave Karger, and host of the movie recommendation show, "Weekend Ticket." Karger adds, "It's also the movie of choice for fans wanting to get a jump start on next year's Oscar front-runners, with likely nominations for Best Picture, Actor, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Director and Adapted Screenplay."
About Fandango's Fanticipation
Known for having its finger on the pulse of moviegoers, Fandango's movie buzz indicator, Fanticipation, provides statistical insight into the movies fans are planning to see in a given weekend. Fanticipation scores (based on a 1 to 100-point scale) are calculated via an algorithm of Fandango's advance ticket sales, website and mobile traffic, and social media engagement. Fanticipation is not intended as a forecast of the weekend box office; it is a snapshot of movie fan sentiment.
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A $10.7 million bow launched Gravity to the top of the French box office. The sci-fi film played in just 398 screens and collected an out-of-this-world $27,039 per-screen average. Gravity overshadowed two competing premieres, both of which grossed considerably less despite playing in more screens. The Family took $3.3 million from 460 screens and domestic film Le Coeur des Hommes 3 posted a $1.8 million tally from 486 screens.
Turbo finished the weekend in second place but won’t be complaining after a 50% boost in box office from the previous weekend. Turbo picked up $6.2 million in its second frame to reach a $12.8 million cume. 9 Mois Ferme also posted a strong hold-over performance, finishing its second frame 16% below its debut weekend. The $3 million hold for 9 Mois Ferme brings the film’s total to $8 million.
Planes broke the $10 million mark in France after a $2.7 million showing in its third frame. The animated film boosted its box office take from the previous weekend by 60% to take its cume in the market to $10.3 million. Domestic comedy Eyjafjallajokull is still earning after four weeks in release. The film reached a $13.2 million total after the weekend’s $1.9 million take.
Top Ten Films in France.
Captain Phillips climbed up to first place in its second weekend at the U.K. box office with a $3.9 million weekend. The Paul Greengrass film averaged $5,259 from 752 screens to reach a $12.7 million cume in the market.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 settled for a second place debut in the shadow of Captain Phillips. The animated sequel earned $3.4 million from a market-leading 928 screens in its debut weekend, a step above the original’s $2.5 million bow. Cloudy 2 finished the weekend with a $5.9 million cume when factoring in previews. Bad Grandpa finished its weekend in the United Kingdom in third place with a $3.1 million bow. Bad Grandpa posted the best per-screen average among all the films playing in the United Kingdom with an $8,448 tally from 372 screens.
Turbo slowed down in the face of a packed release calendar, following up its successful opening weekend with a $2.1 million hold from 547 screens. The 66% slide is steep but the animated film showed resiliency in a competitive market where it has now reached the $10 million mark.
Ender’s Game took a $1.8 million mid-table finish in its opening weekend. Fellow opener One Chance also finished the weekend with a mid-table debut; the biopic opened in sixth place with a $1.1 million take from 403 screens.
Top Ten Films in the United Kingdom.