Tom Cruise’s sci-fi epic Oblivion owned the international box office last weekend, ahead of the films North American release. The Croods kept its best foot forward in 2nd while G.I. Joe: Retaliation lost some more steam, dropping to 3rd.
Oblivion opened in 52 markets last weekend and lead 48 of them with a combined total of $60.4 million (a tad lower than what Universal initially reported on Monday, $61.1 million). Apparently this is the best international debut of Tom Cruise’s career as well as the top 2D release of 2013, not bad. Now based on past similar performers in the past, Oblivion should end up anywhere from $240 to 300 million outside North America. What this means is the post-apocalyptic flick might double its $120 million production budget just from the international run, something that’s happening more often than not these days for big Hollywood blockbusters. Looking at the film’s worldwide prospects, well, I can’t see this grossing anything less than $100 million from North America so $400 million after everything comes together is a strong possibility.
Man, these Croods sure have a good pair of box office legs. The film finds itself again in 2nd place, this time with $25.5 million for a grand total of $244.7 million. Now these might not be record breaking numbers, but next week it will pass How to Train Your Dragon‘s $277.3 million international total. Already at $388.7 million worldwide in just a month for The Croods speaks volumes for the prospects of a sequel.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation fell quite a bit, all the way down to $15.6 million. With $168.3 million internationally and a total of $272.4 million worldwide, Retaliation is closing fast on the $302.4 million of its predecessor. By the end of next week it will most certainly get there. After that, $350 million is the most likely ceiling. Now imagine this kind of number way back in 2009 for a sequel to the generally panned across the board G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Yeah, I thought so too.
4th and 5th place belong to Chinese films, Seeking Mr. Right (again) with $12 million and A Wedding Invitation (new release) at $9.8 million. Comedy Seeking Mr. Right has accumulated a very impressive $74.4 million in 25 days.
After Tom Cruise proved his international prowess once again (no surprise there), do you think Oblivion has a shot at similar numbers from America?