'Ender's Game' Tops U.S. Box Office With $28M as 'Thor 2' Opens to $109M Overseas

November 04, 2013 01:36:16 GMT

The young adult movie still has a long way to go to justify its pricey cost, while 'Thor: The Dark World' is expected to open big domestically next weekend following its huge overseas bow.

'Ender's Game' Tops U.S. Box Office With $28M as 'Thor 2' Opens to $109M Overseas
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"Ender's Game" bows at the first place on North American box office with an OK $28 million after three days of domestic releases. The adaptation of Orson Scott Card's best-selling book of the same name, however, still needs strong legs to justify its $110 million cost.

This could be a daunting task since "Thor: The Dark World" which has proven to be a big success overseas will open next weekend Stateside and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is set to follow two weeks later. Card's controversial anti-gay comments didn't seem to help either.

Directed by Gavin Hood, "Ender's Game" stars Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Viola Davis and Ben Kingsley among others. Revolving around youngsters trained in a military school in space to prepare for an alien invasion, it receives a B+ grade from CinemaScore.

"Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" slips to the second place with an estimated $20 million. Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas and Morgan Freeman's trip to the Sin City for a bachelor party in comedy "Last Vegas" opens at No. 3 with an estimated $16.5M, and animation "Free Birds" trails closely at No. 4 with approximately $16.2M.

Overseas, the second "Thor" film scores a mighty $109.4 million from 37 countries across the globe, which represents 70 percent of the international marketplace. The U.K. leads with $13.4 million, followed by France ($9.4M), Mexico ($8.2M) and Brazil ($8.1M).

"Thor 2" helps Disney hit a new high of $2.314 billion, surpassing its 2010 foreign record of $2.302 billion. The movie is expected to add a lot more for the Mouse House as it still has openings in China, Japan, Italy and Argentina to look forward to, in addition to the U.S.

  1. "Ender's Game" - $28 million
  2. "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" - $20.5 million
  3. "Last Vegas" - $16.5 million
  4. "Free Birds" - $16.2 million
  5. "Gravity" - $13.1 million
  6. "Captain Phillips" - $8.5 million
  7. "12 Years a Slave" - $4.6 million
  8. "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2" - $4.2 million
  9. "Carrie" - $3.4 million
  10. "The Counselor" - $3.2 million


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