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Lions Gate Hedges as ‘Ender’s Game’ Can’t Match ‘Twilight’

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. brought in investors and sold foreign rights to “Ender’s Game,” buffering the independent film studio against potential losses from the science-fiction film opening in theaters today.

It’s a good thing, considering the movie is unlikely to match “The Hunger Games” or “Twilight” films, past hits from the Santa Monica, California-based studio. Muted social-media chatter, looming competition and anti-gay marriage remarks by the author that alienated some fans have led to forecasts suggesting the picture won’t measure up to those predecessors.