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article imageTom Cruise back on top with 'Oblivion'

By Tim O'Brien     Apr 21, 2013 in Entertainment
Other matters came in to play this weekend besides taking in a movie in America, but sometimes getting away from bad news is needed.
However, considering a movie theater was one place where terror struck as well means many were on edge. But, was that enough to keep people away? Those figures will come later.
With non-sop coverage of the tense situation in Boston, America watched TV Friday night as the manhunt came to a conclusion. And a major U.S. city was on lock down, bringing a halt to commerce as well. Not to many those movie theaters. But Saturday, life slowly returned.
Weekend
1. "Oblivion" - $38.1 million
2. "$42" - $18 million
3. "The Croods" - $9.5 million
4. "Scary Movie 5" - $6.2 million
5. "G.I Joe: Retaliation"
With "Oblivion," Tom Cruise has rose above the nightmare with a box office win. Cruise takes the top spot and proves he still has some star power left.
At $38 million, "Oblivion" easily won and last week' winner, "42" proved that its first weekend was not a fluke. The second week brought in a second place finish, or ended up in the on deck circle. Meanwhile, another baseball movie, "Home Run," struck out - - or did it? It was only in 381 theaters and was able to pull in $1.6 million, or $4,260 per screen. Surely not enough to say "Home Run."
When it comes to blockbusters, "Oblivion" may not be but it shows that it if gets marketing to its niche, or core audience, it can succeed, as this film did.
One film was noted that would be tracked was "Filly Brown." It looks good at $7,250 per screen (188 theaters). The film features singer Jenni Rivera in a supporting role. She is the late Mexican-American singer who died in a plane crash.
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