Tom Cruise, whose career had seemed to be heading in the direction of oblivion, got a massive boost over the weekend when Oblivion, his latest movie, opened with an estimated $38.2 million, his best opening since Mission: Impossible 3 opened with $47 million in 2006. The result exceeded most analysts' expectations. However, Oblivion received only a so-so B- CinemaScore, suggesting that it's not likely to receive much of a lift from word-of-mouth in coming weeks. On the other hand, the Jackie Robinson biopic 42 fell a moderate 35 percent to finish in second place with about $18 million. With an A+ CinemaScore and with a strong appeal for older moviegoers who generally don't hit the multiplex on opening weekends, the film is expected to remain among the top ten for several weeks. A dearth of family fare available in theaters helped Fox/Dreamworks Animation's The Croods take third place in its fifth weekend with around $9.5 million. (That brought its domestic total to $155 million, but it now appears unlikely that it will be able to cross the $200-million market domestically.) Coming in fourth was the second week of The Weinstein Co./Dimension's Scary Movie 5 with $6.3 million, followed by Paramount's G.I. Joe: Retaliation with $5.8 million.
The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo:
1. Oblivion, $38.2 million; 2. 42, $18 million; 3. The Croods, $9.5 million; 4. Scary Movie 5, $6.3 million; 5. G.I. Joe: Retaliation, $5.8 million; 6. The Place Beyond the Pines, $4.7 million; 7. Olympus Has Fallen, $4.5 million; 8. Evil Dead, $4.1 million; 9. Jurassic Park in 3D, $4 million; 10. Oz The Great and Powerful, $3 million.