April 21 - The latest celebrity news including Tom Cruise proving he's still relevant at the box office with ''Oblivion.'' John Russell reports.
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Tom Cruise's post-apocalyptic thriller "Oblivion" wiped out the box office competition, racking up more than 38 million dollars (USD) in weekend ticket sales during its U.S. and Canadian debut.
"Oblivion," a story set in 2077 about the last humans on Earth, opened a week earlier to strong results in overseas markets. The North American (U.S. and Canadian) results exceeded pre-weekend forecasts for debut sales in the low- to mid- 30 million range, and earned Cruise his biggest opening since the "Mission Impossible" films.
In "Oblivion," Cruise plays a man who repairs the drones that monitor the nearly empty Earth while its last human inhabitants search for a new home. Morgan Freeman co-stars.
The debut of "Oblivion" knocked baseball movie "42" into second place. The drama about Jackie Robinson, the first black player in the Major Leagues, earned 18 million from Friday through Sunday after leading the charts a week ago.
In third place, animated Stone Age comedy "The Croods" earned 9.5 million during its fifth weekend in theaters, according to studio estimates.
Rounding out the top five, horror spoof "Scary Movie 5" grossed 6 million, and action sequel "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" took in $5.8 million.
The summer blockbuster season, when studios release their big-budget, effects-filled action movies and sequels, kicks off May 3 with "Iron Man 3" expected to perform very well.
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