'Oblivion' Posts Solid $13.3 Million Friday Debut; '42' Shows Staying Power

on April 20, 2013 by Shawn Robbins

Universal's Oblivion posted a strong opening day of $13.3 million on Friday following a $1.1 million start from late Thursday night shows. We're projecting a $38 million weekend debut for director Joseph Kosinski's Tron: Legacy follow-up. For reference, that film bagged $17.5 million on opening day with a $44 million total weekend--but also had advantages in a built-in fan base and holiday season opening. Oblivion marks Tom Cruise's best domestic opening since 2006 when Mission: Impossible III raked in $16.6 million on opening day, onward to a $47.7 million weekend.

42 eased 43 percent from Friday to Friday with another $5.21 million in the bank. Through eight days of release, WB's hit baseball drama has tallied $41.24 million domestically. BoxOffice.com is projecting an $18.0 million weekend. That'll give the word of mouth sensation a fantastic 34.5 percent weekend-to-weekend drop.

With no new direct competition going after family audiences, Fox's and DreamWorks' The Croods continues to capitalize on its strong word of mouth as well. The animated hit eased just over 27 percent from last Friday for $2.225 million yesterday. The domestic total stands at $147.6 million through the first day of the title's fifth weekend in release. We're projecting a $9.5 million weekend.

The Weinstein Company's Scary Movie 5 sank nearly 63 percent from last Friday. The spoof sequel took in $2.059 million in its eighth day of release, pushing the current domestic total up to $18.7 million. The film should pull in $6.2 million in its sophomore frame.

Lastly, Focus Features' The Place Beyond the Pines expanded into wide release very well with a projected $4.6 million this weekend.

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.

Tags: Oblivion, 42, The Croods, Scary Movie 5

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