‘Ender’s Game’ blasts to top of box office
LOS ANGELES — Weekend moviegoers chose sci-fi over slapstick.
“Ender’s Game” scored the No. 1 slot at the weekend box office, earning $28 million in its opening weekend and sending “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” into second place, according to studio estimates.
Lionsgate’s “Ender’s Game,” based on the novel by Orson Scott Card, stars Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford as intergalactic soldiers.
However, ticket sales didn’t come close to the opening weekends of other young-adult science-fiction adaptations such as “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games.” It did fare better than “Beautiful Creatures” and “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.”
Other films opening this weekend didn’t generate as much enthusiasm.
CBS Films’ “Last Vegas,” featuring an all-star cast of silver screen veterans, including Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline, opened in third place, with $16.5 million.
Relativity Media’s 3-D animated kiddie flick “Free Birds,” with characters voiced by Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson and Amy Poehler, debuted in the fourth spot, with $16.2 million.
After its fifth weekend at the box office, the Warner Bros. 3-D stunner “Gravity” is still holding in the fifth position. It banked $13.1 million over the weekend, bringing its domestic total to $220 million.
Cleveland kidnap survivor talks to Dr. Phil
CLEVELAND — One of three women who escaped from a ramshackle Cleveland home after more than a decade in captivity is about to share her story.
Michelle Knight will appear on the “Dr. Phil” show today and Wednesday in a taped interview.
The show says Knight “describes the horrible conditions in the house” and discusses her physical, mental and sexual abuse. That includes “being tied up like a fish” and spending weeks chained and tortured in the basement, according to the show.
Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus escaped May 6 when Berry pushed out a door and yelled for help.
Their kidnapper, Ariel Castro, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison. He hanged himself Sept. 3.
On “Dr. Phil,” Knight will also discuss how she was able to survive her ordeal.
‘Duck Dynasty’ cast on tap for Macy’s parade
NEW YORK — There will be a strong helping of duck at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade — “Duck Dynasty,” that is.
The reality show sensations will be among the celebrities appearing at the annual event in New York City.
They’ll join Ariana Grande, Jimmy Fallon and the Roots, Florida Georgia Line, Cirque du Soliel and several other acts on the famous parade floats.
Marilyn Monroe to join Madame Tussauds
WASHINGTON — Marilyn Monroe has a unique place in history and now will be remembered in wax at the Madame Tussauds museum in Washington.
The museum is unveiling its newest wax figure Wednesday. It will be displayed initially at Washington’s O Street Museum in The Mansion on O Street.
An exhibit about the late Hollywood star will also include a pin-up calendar and photographs, as well as a shampoo advertisement and lunchbox featuring Monroe.