LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, Nov 3 (Reuters) - "Ender's Game," thefuturistic tale of children recruited to wage war against anenemy race, won the weekend box office battle in the UnitedStates and Canada, defeating senior citizen buddy comedy "LastVegas" and animated turkey tale "Free Birds."
Based on a 1985 novel, "Ender's Game" collected $28 millionin ticket sales from Friday through Sunday, according toestimates from Hollywood.com. The movie stars Asa Butterfield asEnder Wiggin, a young boy who is singled out from childhood forhis superior intellect and put through advanced warfaretraining.
Last weekend's winner, raunchy comedy "Jackass Presents: BadGrandpa," dropped to second place with $20.5 million.
New comedy "Last Vegas," about four senior male friends whoreunite for a bachelor party, finished in third place with $16.5million. Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman andKevin Kline star in the film.
"Free Birds" settled for a fourth-place debut with $16.2million. The 3D movie features the voices of Owen Wilson andWoody Harrelson as turkeys who team up and travel back in timeto get turkey off of Thanksgiving dinner plates.
"Ender's Game" was released by Summit Entertainment, a unitof Lions Gate Entertainment. "Bad Grandpa" wasdistributed by Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc. "Free Birds" was distributed by privately heldRelativity Media. CBS Films, a unit of CBS Corp,released "Last Vegas."
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