His last movie, December’s Jack Reacher, may have lost its opening weekend showdown with hobbits, but Tom Cruise reasserted his box office superiority over the past several days with the science-fiction action drama Oblivion. Grossing an estimated $38 million in its debut frame, and facing no real wide release competition, nor a weekend with still-on-the-lam Boston Marathon bombers, the film easily unseated the Jackie Robinson tale 42, which grossed $18 million-plus in its second week, bringing its cumulative domestic total thus far to $54 million. Animated family film The Croods held steady in third place, pulling in another $9.5 million and bringing its five-week total to just under $155 million, while the fifth sequel in the Scary Movie franchise dropped 55 percent in its second weekend, pulling in just $6.3 million. Slotting fifth, in its fourth week of release, G.I. Joe: Retaliation grossed $5.78 million, raising its Stateside haul to just over $111 million, and probably guaranteeing another installment.
Rounding out the top 10, Derek Cianfrance‘s The Place Beyond the Pines pulled in $4.74 million; Die-Hard-in-the-White-House Olympus Has Fallen rang up $4.5 million; the Evil Dead remake scared up $4.1 million; Jurassic Park 3D pulled in just over $4 million flat; and Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful conjured up an additional $3.05 million, pushing past the $220 million domestic mark in its seventh week of release.