The box office reaction to Ender’s Game has been good, but not great. It’s made $32.5 million in its first five days at the North American box office, and had taken in another $9 million overseas, and while that maybe be good enough for it to recoup costs, it’s not exactly the kind of big money to build a franchise on. And that’s why the studio that produced it, Lionsgate, is looking to continue the saga, just on TV screens.
Variety is reporting that during a conference call with Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer, box office analysts were told that the company is going to “wait another week or two” before deciding whether or not to proceed with turning the next in Orson Scott Card‘s 13 book series into a sequel. In the meantime, Lionsgate is apparently working on a TV spin-off, although no other details on that were given.
So where did things go so horribly wrong? It’s hard to say because Feltheimer told journalists that Ender’s Game has been “performing ‘virtually on base’ with internal expectations.” Translation: it’s doing what they thought it was going to do, so there’s nothing to see here. So why no sequel hype? I guess it’s all going to depend on how well Ender holds up at the box office, and given the tough competition, especially from Thor: The Dark World, which comes out this weekend, it’s going to be an uphill climb for Ender to become a money-maker on par with past Lionsgate franchise hits like The Hunger Games and Twilight.
More news as it develops.