Ender’s Game Wins U.S. Box Office; Thor Crushes Overseas Competition

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The long-awaited sci-fi saga Ender’s Game rocketed to the top of the U.S. box office, but Thor: The Dark World may have been the true star of the weekend.

Ender’s Game netted an estimated $28 million through Sunday, but Thor posted the fourth-highest international debut this year with $109.4 million.

Thor hits theaters in the U.S. this coming weekend, and if that the international haul is any indication, you can expect a debut that far eclipses Ender's.

For Ender’s Game, the start comes as something of a disappointment, considering the expectations and the film's $110 million production budget.

In second place domestically was Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, which saw a better-than-expected hold, down just 36 percent from a big debut.

Landing in third place domestically, the adult-targeted Last Vegas came in a bit higher than expected, with roughly $16.5 million in three days.

Here's this week's U.S. box office Top 10 (with week of release):

  1. Ender’s Game (1): $28.0 million
  2. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2): $20.5 million
  3. Last Vegas (1): $16.5 million
  4. Free Birds (1): $16.2 million
  5. Gravity (5): $13.1 million    
  6. Captain Phillips (4): $8.5 million
  7. 12 Years a Slave (3): $4.6 million    
  8. Cloudy … With Meatballs 2 (6): $4.2 million
  9. Carrie (3): $3.4 million
  10. The Counselor (2): $3.3 million

Here's an early look at next weekend's box office winner ...