'Oblivion' rockets to impressive box office opening
That domestic haul comes on top of $33.7 million "Oblivion" added in overseas markets, where the film began rolling out a week earlier. "Oblivion" raised its overseas total to $112 million and its worldwide receipts to $150.2 million.
Though many people Friday were caught up in coverage of the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect, it seems to have had little effect on how the film fared.
"Oblivion" took in $13.3 million on opening day Friday and $14.9 million on Saturday. That 12 percent increase is not unusual for big new releases, which typically do better business on Saturday than Friday.
The previous weekend's top film, the Warner Bros. baseball drama "42," held up well, slipping to second-place with $18 million in its second weekend. The Jackie Robinson biography, starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford, raised its domestic total to $54.1 million and seems on its way to the $100 million mark.
Overseas, Paramount's "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" got a lift with $40 million, most of it coming from a $33 million debut in China. The action sequel has topped $200 million internationally and $300 million worldwide.