One of the best 'effects' companies from their record, but they went bankrupt during the making of the film. They invested approx 13M in Enders. From my research, it looks like the Enders foreign rights sold quickly- as I expected, the smart money knows that this film should do fantastic overseas. But I would not have a huge USA box office in my expectations and I certainly hope the market does not either. I'd be happy to see the film make 75 M in the US and twice that overseas, with a possible surprise in China of 120 M alone. I hope I'm wrong about the USA box office, but keeping it real. The kids today are just not into Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley, so this thing is not going to be a replacement for the Twilighters. The film will most likely be of good quality and have great effects and theme, yet this is not a recipe for a huge tween franchise. Hate to mention that good movies don't make for successful franchises, but this is the world we live in. Justin Beiber and Lady Gagga fans would not recognize good music of any genre.
Been thinking and pretty annoyed by the pitch that releasing Enders 3 weeks ahead of Catching fire was in order to allow marketing between the films and a way to get Catching Fire crowd to go see Enders. What will happen after Thor cannibalizes the Enders BO, then Catching Fire will completely wipe it off the map. The reason for this release date is in order to have the least damage to earnings report with the high risk of this film and the chance that all the old school reader won't come out to see it. Its damage control- I'd be happy with a 70 M USA and 210 Foreign, with China included. May make it to the direct and DVD market before Christmas and the TV rights will sell fast and for a good price.