Director Gavin Hood’s sci-fi epic Ender’s Game opened to a solid $28 million in North America, but it will need strong legs in order to make back its pricey $110 million budget — a potentially difficult task considering that Thor: The Dark World enters the domestic marketplace next weekend.
Ender’s Game, receiving a B+ CinemaScore, is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Orson Scott Card, whose anti-gay comments have riled many. Many consider Ender’s Game to be a YA property, although Card said he wrote it for adults. He seems to have a point: 58 percent of those going to see the movie were over the age of 25.
A co-production between Summit Entertainment, OddLot Entertainment and Digital Domain, Ender’s Game hopes to launch a franchise, and stars Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin. Set in the near future, the story revolves around a young boy (Butterfield) who is recruited by the military to stop an alien race from destroying the world.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter