Oblivion, a post-apocalyptic action flick starring Tom Cruise, obliterated the competition in its debut this weekend, taking in about $38. 2 million, industry estimates showed Sunday.
In Oblivion, Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is on a mission to save mankind from the aliens Scavs who have devastated Earth.
The film earned more than a third of this weekend's box office revenue, about 37.41 percent of ticket sales, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations, as it jettisoned last week's winner, 42 from the top spot.
42, a biopic about trailblazing black baseball star Jackie Robinson, which stars Harrison Ford as the Brooklyn Dodgers executive who signed him, this week came in second place, with $18 million in ticket sales.
Stone-age cartoon The Croods, from DreamWorks Animation, was third with $9.5 million, followed by Scary Movie 5, the latest installment in the slasher-comedy franchise, which earned $6.3 million.
Action sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation, was fifth, with $5.8 million. In sixth place was, The Place Beyond the Pines, starring Oscar nominees Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, which earned $4.7 million. Action thriller, Olympus Has Fallen, in which terrorists capture the White House and hold the president hostage, was in seventh place with $4.5 million.
Evil Dead, a reinvention of Sam Raimi's cult 1981 film about a group of friends hunted by demons in the woods, came in eighth with $4.1 million. The 3D re-release of Steven Spielberg's 1993 dinosaur classic Jurassic Park took in $1.7 million for ninth place.
Rounding out the top 10 was Walt Disney's 3D fantasy adventure flick, Oz the Great and Powerful, which this weekend earned $3 million for a seven-week total of $224 million.