Odds and ends for November 4


Alligator discovered at Chicago airport

CHICAGO (AP) — A small alligator found under an escalator at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport has left authorities puzzled.

A maintenance worker discovered the alligator, which is about a foot long, on Friday in Terminal 3, Chicago Police spokesman Jose Estrada said Sunday. An officer captured the reptile by putting a trash can over it.

“We don’t know where it came from or how long it’d been residing in the airport facilities,” Estrada said. “It’s one of those random incidents.”

The gator is now being cared for by the Chicago Herpetological Society.

‘Ender’s Game’ No. 1 at box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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 Sunday.

Lionsgate’s “Ender’s Game,” based on the novel by Orson Scott Card, stars Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford as intergalactic soldiers.

Comments made by Card expressing opposition to gay marriage led some to call for a boycott of the film.

But a strong first-place opening met the studio’s pre-weekend expectations.

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.”

 

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