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Oblivion obliterates box office rivals

Oblivion, a post-apocalyptic action flick starring Tom Cruise, obliterated the competition in its debut this weekend, taking in about US$38.2 million (S$47.2 million), industry estimates showed on Sunday.
The Straits Times - April 23, 2013
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Oblivion obliterates box office rivals

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Oblivion, a post-apocalyptic action flick starring Tom Cruise, obliterated the competition in its debut this weekend, taking in about US$38.2 million (S$47.2 million), industry estimates showed on Sunday.

The film earned more than a third of this weekend's box office revenue - about 37.41 per cent of ticket sales, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations - as it jettisoned last week's winner 42 from the top spot.

42, a biopic about trailblazing black baseball star Jackie Robinson, which stars Harrison Ford as the Brooklyn Dodgers executive who signed him, this week came in second place, with US$18 million in ticket sales.

Stone-age cartoon The Croods, from DreamWorks Animation, was third with US$9.5 million, followed by Scary Movie 5, the latest installment in the slasher-comedy franchise, which earned US$6.3 million.

Action sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation, was fifth, with US$5.8 million.

In sixth place was The Place Beyond the Pines, starring Oscar nominees Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, which earned US$4.7 million.

Action thriller Olympus Has Fallen, in which terrorists capture the White House and hold the president hostage, was in seventh place with US$4.5 million.

Evil Dead - a reinvention of Sam Raimi's cult 1981 film about a group of friends hunted by demons in the woods - came in eighth with US$4.1 million.

The 3-D re-release of Steven Spielberg's 1993 dinosaur classic Jurassic Park took in US$1.7 million for ninth place.

Rounding out the top 10 was Walt Disney's 3-D fantasy adventure flick Oz The Great And Powerful, which this weekend earned US$3 million for a seven-week total of US$224 million.

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