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Tom Cruise's Oblivion shoots tops US box office with $38.2 million


Story by Jack Foley

TOM Cruise’s Oblivion has topped the US box office with a solid $38.2 million.

The figure represents a better than expected debut for the film, which was written and directed by Joseph Kosinski (of Tron: Legacy fame). It also marks Cruise’s best US opening outside of the Mission: Impossible franchise.

Set in 2077, 60 years after Earth has been destroyed by aliens, Oblivion follows one of the last humans stationed on the planet as he uncovers a troubling secret. It co-stars Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Melissa Leo.

Jackie Robinson biopic 42 continued to score strong numbers in its second weekend, slipping to second spot with a further $18 million.

And animated adventure The Croods held third with $9.5 million to bring its US total to $154.9 million. A sequel has now been approved.

Scary Movie 5 and GI Joe: Retaliation rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth respectively. The latter has now grossed $111.2 million in the US, while globally it has also jumped the $300 million mark thanks to a strong Chinese opening, where it took $33 million.

Oblivion also continued to perform well in international markets and has now taken $150.2 million globally.

Another US box office hit, meanwhile, was Derek Cianfrance’s indie drama The Place Beyond The Pines, which rose to sixth spot after expanding nationwide. The film stars Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling.

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