Tom Cruise's 'Oblivion' Rockets Ahead of the Box Office Competition

Heading into the weekend, Tom Cruise’s sci-fi thriller Oblivion already was a hit overseas, earning an impressive $112 million in foreign territories before it even hit screens in the U.S. Whatever it banked in its American debut would help, but the film already could be considered a success as it steamrolled over the competition. 
Still, Universal has to be happy with Joseph Kosinski’s movie earning $38.1M over the weekend, good for a firm grasp on the No. 1 slot on the Top 10 list. The film capitalized on increased IMAX ticket prices as it edged last week’s leader, 42. The baseball drama, which retells Jackie Robinson’s story, has taken in $54M since opening in theaters. 
Oblivion, meanwhile, is Cruise’s highest-opening gross for a wide release since 2006’s Mission: Impossible III, which banked $47.7M in its opening frame. Does this mean Cruise has a new franchise on his hands? Or is it simply a strong return to form for a formidable box-office force who latched onto a good script and a director with vision? 
There wasn’t a lot of activity in the rest of the Top 10, as Oblivion really was the only major opener heading into theaters. 
Indie films Home Run and Filly Brown each topped the $1-million mark in their debut weekends, while Rob Zombie’s The Lords of Salem underwhelmed with $622,000 from 354 locations. 
Here’s the full Top 10 list for the weekend:
1. Oblivion, $38.1M
2. 42, $18M, $54M
3. The Croods, $9.5M, $154.8M 
4. Scary Movie 5, $6.2M, $22.9M
5. G.I. Joe: Retaliation, $5.7M, $111.2M 
6. The Place Beyond the Pines, $4.7M, $11.4M
7. Olympus Has Fallen, $4.5M, $88.8M
8. Evil Dead, $4.1M, $48.4M
9. Jurassic Park 3D, $4M, $38.4M
10. Oz the Great and Powerful, $3M, $223.7M
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