‘Ender’s Game’ Makes $28 Million

enders_game_2013It’s taken over two decades for Orson Scott Card’s classic sci-fi novel “Ender’s Game” to make it to the big screen, but all the built-up anticipation didn’t lead to out-of-this-world box office numbers.

The film adaptation debuted with $28 million from 3,407 theaters on its first weekend — a start in the same range as Will Smith’s misfire “After Earth,” which opened with $27.5 million earlier this year.

Summit and OddLot Entertainment spent $110 million on the space adventure starring Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford, but “Ender’s Game” will need great legs domestically and strong returns overseas to justify its cost (and any potential sequels).