Tom Cruise's 'Oblivion' soars to top of box office
05:00 AM, Apr 21, 2013
Despite expectations that the Boston Marathon bombing would cut into moviegoing this weekend, Tom Cruise had no trouble guiding his sci-fi thriller Oblivion to a solid win at the box office.
Oblivion collected $38.2 million, according to studio estimates from the box-office tracking firm Hollywood.com.
The debut met most analysts’ predictions, despite speculation that the Friday night standoff with a suspected Boston Marathon bomber would keep moviegoers glued to their television sets and dampen ticket sales, particularly on the East Coast.
“Escapism will always win out over reality,” says Tim Briody, an analyst for Boxofficeprophets.com.
Briody says the film acquitted itself well despite a news story that “captured a large amount of attention Friday night. And really, (the manhunt) is the purest example of a real-life movie unfolding before our eyes.”
But Oblivion saw no competition from other major newcomers and, according to Rottentomatoes.com, won positive reviews from 59% of critics enough to secure plenty of blurbs for ads and posters.
About 68% of moviegoers liked the film, the survey site says.
The Jackie Robinson story 42 took second place with $18 million, and The Croods took third with $9.5 million. The animated film which 20th Century Fox has announced will receive a sequel became the second-highest-grossing film of 2013 with $154.9 million.
The parody Scary Movie V was fourth with $6.3 million, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation rounded out the top five with $5.6 million.
Final figures are expected Monday.
Hollywood will be hoping for a blistering summer; ticket sales remain 11% behind last year’s pace. Attendance is 12% behind 2012, Hollywood.com says.