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Cruise’s ‘Oblivion’ Is No. 1 With $38 Million in Sales

Source: Universal Pictures via Bloomberg

Tom Cruise as Jack in "Oblivion." The Universal Pictures film is playing across the U.S. Close

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Source: Universal Pictures via Bloomberg

Tom Cruise as Jack in "Oblivion." The Universal Pictures film is playing across the U.S.

“Oblivion,” the Tom Cruise science-fiction tale, opened as the top weekend movie at theaters in the U.S. and Canada, taking in $38.2 million for distributor Universal Pictures.

The Jackie Robinson biography “42” dropped to second place with sales of $18 million for Legendary Pictures and distributor Warner Bros., researcher Hollywood.com Box-Office said yesterday in an e-mailed statement.

“Oblivion,” about human survival after the Earth has been devastated by war, was the only movie to open in wide release. The pace will quicken next month when studios begin releasing major summer productions, including Walt Disney Co. (DIS)’s “Iron Man 3,” Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek Into Darkness” and Warner Bros.’ “The Hangover Part III.”

The studio expects “Oblivion” to have “a strong international showing, as Cruise remains very popular in the international market,” said Paul Sweeney, a Bloomberg Industries analyst, in a telephone interview. “When these other large summer blockbusters come out though, there will clearly be big competition.”

Worldwide sales for the movie were $150.2 million, according to Hollywood.com.

Alien Scavengers

“Oblivion,” made for about $120 million, was expected to take in $36.9 million domestically, the estimate of researcher Box Office Mojo. In the film, Cruise plays a man who roams a devastated Earth protecting energy plants from alien scavengers. Gradually, he learns that he hasn’t been told the complete truth about the planet’s near destruction and the creatures he fights. Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko and Andrea Riseborough are featured in the movie. Universal Pictures is a unit of Philadelphia-based Comcast Corp. (CMCSA)

The opening was the best of Cruise’s last three films. “Jack Reacher,” based on the Lee Child’s novels, debuted in second place with sales of $15.2 million in December and the musical “Rock of Ages” opened in third place with $14.4 million in June, according to Box Office Mojo.

In “42,” Chadwick Boseman stars as Robinson, the first black to play Major League Baseball. Harrison Ford plays Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers general manager who recruited Robinson and helped him deal with the racism of fans and players. The film, made for $40 million, has taken in $54.1 million since it opened on April 12.

‘The Croods’

The movie is the first independent production for Legendary, which is led by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Thomas Tull and best known for the “Dark Knight” films. The company, whose financing and co-production agreement with Warner Bros. expires at the end of this year, is developing three more on its own, including the action films “Great Wall” and “Pacific Rim.”

“The Croods,” a 3-D film about a prehistoric family of cave dwellers, was third with $9.5 million in receipts for DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. (DWA) The movie, featuring the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds, has taken in $155 million after five weeks in theaters.

The horror-movie spoof “Scary Movie 5” was fourth with $6.3 million. The film continues the series poking fun at the genre. The latest version takes on the recent crop of possession movies by focusing on a couple who are stalked by a demon soon after they bring their newborn home from the hospital.

The first four films generated $818.2 million in global ticket sales.

“G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” a sequel to “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” dropped to fifth place with sales of $5.8 million.

Weekend revenue for the top 12 films fell 19 percent to $102 million from a year earlier, Hollywood.com said. Sales this year are down 11 percent to $2.76 billion. Attendance has declined 12 percent.

The amounts below are based on actual ticket sales for April 19 and April 20, and estimates for yesterday.

                       Rev.            Avg./   Pct.   Total
Movie                 (mln)  Theaters  Theater Chg.   (mln)  Wks
================================================================
 1 OBLIVION           $38.2    3,783  $10,085   --    $38.2    1
 2 42                  18.0    3,250    5,546  -34     54.1    2
 3 THE CROODS           9.5    3,435    2,766  -28    155.0    5
 4 SCARY MOVIE 5        6.3    3,402    1,851  -56     22.9    2
 5 GI JOE: RETALIATION  5.8    3,175    1,819  -47    111.2    4
 6 PLACE BEYOND PINES   4.7    1,542    3,078   23     11.4    4
 7 OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN   4.5    2,638    1,706  -38     88.8    5
 8 EVIL DEAD            4.1    2,823    1,452  -57     48.5    3
 9 JURASSIC PARK, 3-D   4.0    2,330    1,720  -55     38.5    3
10 OZ GREAT, POWERFUL   3.0    2,045    1,490  -37    223.8    7
11 T. PERRY’S TEMP.     2.2    1,405    1,566  -51     48.9    4
12 HOME RUN             1.6      381    4,260   --      1.6    1


Top 12 Film Grosses:

   This Week     Year Ago      Pct.
     (mln)         (mln)       Chg.
===================================
    $102.0      $126.1         -19


Year-to-date Revenue:

     2013          2012

      YTD           YTD        Pct.
     (mln)         (mln)       Chg.
===================================
    $2,764        $3,113       -11

Year-to-date Attendance:      -12%

To contact the reporter on this story: Michael White in Los Angeles at mwhite8@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Palazzo at apalazzo@bloomberg.net

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