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'Ender's Game' tops N. American box office

US actor Harrison Ford poses during the photocall for the film 'Ender's Game' in Berlin on October 6, 2013
US actor Harrison Ford poses during the photocall for the film "Ender's Game" in Berlin on October 6, 2013

"Ender's Game," Harrison Ford's science fiction return to the big screen, easily topped the North American Box Office on its debut weekend, according to preliminary figures released Sunday.

The film, which depicts a battle to save the human race from alien attack, took $28 million in theaters, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said, knocking wacky Jackass comedy "Bad Grandpa," ($20.5 million) into second place.

"Last Vegas," starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline, on a bachelor party in Sin City, entered in third spot, taking $16.5 million, with animated comedy "Free Birds," ($16.2 million) in fourth.

"Gravity" -- with Oscar winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts adrift in space after a devastating accident -- scored $13.1 million in fifth spot, taking its gross takings to $219 million since its release.

"Captain Phillips," based on a true story and starring Tom Hanks as a cargo ship captain captured by Somali pirates, earned $8.5 million.

Steve McQueen's "12 years a Slave" earned $4.6 million between Friday and Sunday, jumping from last week's eighth place to seventh, edging out "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2," which took $4.2 million.

The reprise of "Carrie," the latest film adaptation of the Stephen King horror tale about an outcast schoolgirl out for revenge, earned $3.4 million, falling to ninth from last week's sixth place.

"The Counselor" with Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt, earned $3.25 million but fell from fourth place to round out the top 10 on its second week in theaters.