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Fans sink into Cruise’s ‘Oblivion’ in $38.2M debut

April 21, 2013 • Business, Entertainment


This film publicity image released by Universal Pictures shows Tom Cruise in a scene from “Oblivion.” (AP Photo/Universal Pictures)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Movie fans slipped into “Oblivion” as the Tom Cruise sci-fi thriller led Hollywood with a $38.2 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday.

That domestic haul comes on top of $33.7 million “Oblivion” added in overseas markets, where the film began rolling out a week earlier. “Oblivion” raised its overseas total to $112 million and its worldwide receipts to $150.2 million.

Though many people Friday were caught up in coverage of the manhunt for the suspect in the Boston Marathon explosions, it seems to have had little effect on how the film fared.

“Oblivion” took in $13.3 million on opening day Friday and $14.9 million on Saturday. That 12 percent increase is not unusual for big new releases, which typically do better business on Saturday than Friday.

While Boston was on lockdown much of Friday, that market only accounts for about 1 percent of the nationwide box office, said Nikki Rocco, head of distribution for Universal, which released “Oblivion.” The manhunt mainly affected matinee business, with theaters reopening Friday night, when Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was Login to read more

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