Last year, as many of my SFF Facebook friends (authors, for the most part) were calling for the Ender's Game boycott, I tried in vain to argue that this would give Card a lot of publicity and would be counterproductive in the long run. I was told in no uncertain terms that I was pretty much full of shit and should keep my mouth shut. . .
In retrospect, the movie, whether or not due to all the negative publicity, didn't generate as much money as Hollywood expected. Still, the domestic and foreign grosses add up to more than 125 million dollars, with a production budget of 110 million dollars. The books, however, are another matter.
Problem is, Orson Scott Card makes money from book royalties, not from the revenues of a film to which he sold the rights years ago. And as of today, the digital edition of Ender's Game has been a top 100 bestseller for 1512 consecutive days on Amazon. And the print edition has ranked quite high on the New York Times bestseller list for over a year, both in mass market paperback and in trade paperback editions. Essentially, it looks as though Ender's Game probably sold more units in the last couple of months than in the previous decade or so, making for a very lucrative year for the author.
Indeed, it appears that if you can't have the number 1 series on HBO to help generate book sales, the next best thing would be to be reviled as a homophobe by your peers. . . :/
So to all of you who called for the movie boycott and used every single social platform at your disposal to spread the word in the hope that it would hurt Orson Scott Card, I say, "Kudos for a job well-done. . ."
You know that old proverb: Hell is paved with good intentions? Case in point. . . :/