‘Oblivion’ blasts off with $37M at box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Oblivion” cruised to the top of the weekend box office.

The Tom Cruise science-fiction thriller led Hollywood with a $37 million debut.

Though many people Friday were caught up in coverage of the manhunt for the suspects in the Boston Marathon explosions, it seems to have had little effect on how the film fared.

Tom Cruise tweets opening day to share his excitement about the U.S. release:

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The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Hollywood.com are:

1. “Oblivion,” Universal, $37,054,485, 3,783 locations, $9,795 average, $37,054,485, one week.

2. “42,” Warner Bros., $17,721,410, 3,250 locations, $5,453 average, $53,753,511, two weeks.

3. “The Croods,” Fox, $9,235,295, 3,435 locations, $2,689 average, $154,633,037, five weeks.

4. “Scary Movie 5,” Weinstein Co., $6,150,584, 3,402 locations, $1,808 average, $22,798,176, two weeks.

5. “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” Paramount, $5,763,891, 3,175 locations, $1,815 average, $111,200,157, four weeks.

Source: Associated Press, Twitter