Box Office Results: Oblivion is Cruise’s Biggest Opening in 7 Years

The Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office.

Tom Cruise was back in a big way this weekend, starring in Joseph (TRON: Legacy) Kosinski’s Oblivion (Universal) alongside Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Melissa Leo. Although an estimated opening of $38.1 million might not sound too impressive, it’s actually Cruise’s biggest opening for a movie since 2006’s MIssion: Impossible III, directed by J.J. Abrams. That movie’s sequel was a huge global blockbuster but it had a slower rollout into IMAX theaters before expanding nationwide, which was the original plan for Oblivion as well. Roughly 323 domestic IMAX theaters accounted for $5.5 million of the movie’s domestic opening weekend.

Last weekend, Oblivion debuted in 52 countries where it grossed $61.1 million and this weekend it added another $33.7 million internationally ($1.6 million from IMAX) after opening in nine additional territories, bringing its international total to $112 million.

Brian Helgeland’s Jackie Robinson biopic 42 (Warner Bros.) dropped to second place with a strong 34% hold, bringing in $18 million in its second weekend with $54.1 million grossed in ten days.

DreamWorks Animation’s family comedy hit The Croods took third place with $9.5 million, down 28% from last weekend, to bring its own gross to $154.9 million. It’s already the animation studio’s 14th highest grossing movie, which may be why they’ve already announced a sequel.

Scary Movie V (Dimension Films) dropped 55% to fourth place with $6.3 million for the weekend with $23 million total.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (Paramount) took fifth place with $5.8 million and $111.2 million total after three weeks.

Derek Cianfrance’s crime-drama The Place Beyond the Pines, starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta and Dane DeHaan, expanded into 1,542 theaters after breaking into the Top 10 last weekend. It moved up to sixth place with $4.8 million and $11.5 million since opening in late March.

Olympus Has Fallen (FilmDistrict) remained in seventh place with $4.5 million with an impressive $88.8 million grossed to date.

The remake of Evil Dead (TriStar/Sony) took eighth place with $4.1 million and $48.4 million after three weeks, followed closely in ninth place with Jurassic Park 3D (Universal) with $4 million and $38.5 million grossed to date.

The Top 10 grossed roughly $98 million which was down once again but only off 18% from this weekend last year when Steve Harvey’s Think Like a Man (Screen Gems) opened in first place with $33.6 million followed in second place with Zac Efron’s The Lucky One (Warner Bros) with $22.5 million

Opening in just 381 theaters, the religious baseball movie Home Run (Samuel Goldwyn Films) scored an impressive 12th place showing with $1.6 million, while the Sundance hit Filly Brown (Lionsgate/Pantelion Films) grossed roughly $1.3 million in just 188 theaters.

By comparison, Rob Zombie’s latest horror film The Lords of Salem (Anchor Bay Films) brought in an estimated $622 thousand in 354 theaters.

Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films.


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