Ender’s Game author’s anti-gay controversy does not deter audiences as film takes number one spot at US box office
Despite calls for a boycott of the Ender’s Game movie release last weekend, due to the book’s author being involved in an anti-gay controversy, the film still opened at the top spot.
An online campaign urged moviegoers to boycott the upcoming release of “Ender’s Game,” a big-budget Hollywood movie based on the work of notoriously anti-gay novelist Orson Scott Card, who last year described same-sex attraction as a “reproductive dysfunction”.
The film, however, took $28 million ( £17.5 million) at the US box office, with the film having taken advantage of the delay in the release of Thor: The Dark World.
Last week it was revealed that Card would not make money from ticket sales of the film, potentially rendering a boycott of the film meaningless. More recent reports, however, suggest that he could cash in on a sequel – a deal for which has not yet been met.
At Comic-Con there were no signs of any protest, despite the calls for a boycott. The film’s director also commented to say that the book the film is based on is “great”, and “is not about” equal marriage.
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Producing the film, Lionsgate responded, saying it has a longstanding commitment to the LGBT community, and that although it does not agree with Card’s personal opinions they are not linked to the book or the film.
In a more recent interview, Card called criticisms of his anti-gay views ”savage, lying deceptive personal attacks.”