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