Universal’s “Oblivion” didn’t exactly roar into theaters Friday, nor did it crater.
The Tom Cruise-starrer was on track for an estimated $13 million for the day and a healthy $35.5 million weekend, according to early estimates.
After earning $1.1 million Thursday night, B.O. observers feared the original sci-fier would take a hit from the drama unfolding in Boston, which accounts for roughly 2% of the nation’s market.
But on Friday evening, as the marathon bombing suspect was surrounded and eventually caught in Watertown, Mass., the early numbers began rolling in and execs at U sighed in relief: Auds nationwide were indeed on board for the $125 million film.
Directed by Joseph Kosinski (“Tron: Legacy) and starring Cruise and Morgan Freeman, “Oblivion” has already earned $75 million overseas and reps the biggest domestic opening for Cruise since 2006’s “Mission: Impossible III.”
“Oblivion,” produced by Kosinski, Peter Chernin and Radical Studios, will have two weeks of clear playing time before Disney launches “Iron Man 3″ domestically on May 3.
Pic is the first release in what should be a busy summer for U.
The studio bows “Fast and the Furious 6” next month, Ryan Reynolds-starrer “R.I.P.D.” in late June while animated sequel “Despicable Me 2” arrives July 3.