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"Oblivion" Smashes the Competition to Top Weekend Box Office

By Dan Carroll - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:45AM

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Action film tops next highest-grossing film in the U.S. for the weekend by nearly $20 million.

The summer movie season is almost here, and one science-fiction action blockbuster shined this past weekend. The Tom Cruise-led film Oblivion, distributed by Comcast (CMCSA -0.26%) subsidiary Universal, took the top spot at the domestic box office this weekend, racking up more than $38 million in U.S. sales in its debut weekend.

Oblivion also topped the worldwide box office over the weekend, recording nearly $72 million in sales across the globe, according to media measurement firm Rentrak.

Oblivion, which was released internationally a week ago, has now pulled in more than $150 million around the world to eclipse its estimated $120 million budget. It easily outpaced the domestic box office's No. 2 film for the weekend, the Jackie Robinson-inspired biographical film 42, distributed by Time Warner (TWX) subsidiary Warner Brothers. 42, in its second weekend, picked up just over $18 million in sales in the U.S. this weekend, bringing its box office run to over $50 million. It has no international sales.

Action film GI Joe: Retaliation and animated feature The Croods continued to perform well, pulling in nearly $46 million and $33 million, respectively, at the worldwide box office this past weekend. The Croods, distributed by News Corp. (FOX) subsidiary 20th Century Fox, has now eclipsed the $400 million sales mark at the box office. GI Joe: Retaliation has notched nearly $323 million.

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