Thor, “Ender’s” Make Box-Office Waves

Two science fiction-themed films dominated the global box-office this weekend.

In the United States, the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game” opened to both decidedly mixed reviews and a healthy $28 million. Saddled with a pricey $110 million budget, it’ll likely end up in the black. Yet it won’t make much profit, so sequel talk seems out of the question. The film also opened in several international territories to fairly quiet results.

Much more lively on the global scene was “Thor: The Dark World” which opened in around 36 international territories and managed a truly stellar $109.4 million. It opened well ahead of the first “Thor” in most of those territories, and scored one of the top openings of the year so far.

Comedy “Last Vegas” opened in third place with $16.5 million, a result that’s better than the studio expected. Costing just $28 million to produce, it should also have legs considering its older audience target demographic.

On the limited release front, the Matthew McConaughey-led “Dallas Buyers Club” pulled in $264,000 from nine screens – that’s a most impressive $29,000 per screen average. On the flip side, the Naomi Watts-led “Diana” opened on 38 screens but garnered a mere $1,708 per screen average.