Box Office: “Oblivion” clears $38, 42″ adds another $18, “Lords of Salem” bombs

“Oblivion” came in at just over $38 million, a quite decent take for a big budget sci-fi film and in the ballpark, at least, of the better Tom Cruise openings in recent years.

“42” held on to enough audience to pile up another $18+, making it a bonafide hit. It’s already over $54, and headed toward a take in the $80 million range. Not bad.

“The Croods” is over $154, probably not a US box office break even point, but close enough to set up a sequel. With the brand established, Dreamworks could make bigger coin next time out.

“G.I. Joe” is over $111, “Place in the Pines” is in the bottom of the top ten, “Olympus has Fallen” looks to top out at close to $100 (it’s in the $80s now).

The limited release sweepstakes is tracked by looking at per screen averages. The faith-based “Home Run” came in 12th in a limited number of theaters, with a middling $4,000+ per screen.
“Filly Brown” did a much more robust $7000+ on 188 screens. That’s not blockbuster, but it might be just enough to earn that one a wider release.

Rob Zombie’s “The Lords of Salem” did far less than $2,000 per screen and bombed. Maybe he has a future in horror, but not writing his own films, not casting his wife as the lead.

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