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Tom Cruise took moviegoers on a ride to the future in the new sci-fi thriller, Oblivion, which led the weekend box office.

The film recorded a $38.2 million debut. In it, a veteran (played by Cruise) assigned to extract Earth’s remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself.

Last weekend’s top film, the Jackie Robinson tale 42 fell to #2 with $18 million; the antimated The Croods held steady at #3 with $9.5 million; Scary Movie 5 fell to #4; and G.I. Joe: Retaliation closes out the top 5 with $5.7 million.

In narrower release, Rob Zombie’s latest horror tale The Lords of Salem flopped with $622,000 in 355 theaters, for a dismal average of $1,752 a cinema. That compared to an average of $10,085 in 3,783 theaters for Oblivion.

The low-budget hip-hop drama, Filly Brown, opened solidly with $1.4 million in 188 theaters. It stars Gina Rodriguez and the late Jenni Rivera in the story of a young talent with a shot at stardom on Los Angeles’ hip-hop scene.

That’s a wrap for this weekend. This upcoming week, look out for the release of the Lionsgate romantic comedy, The Big Wedding; and the Mark Wahlberg action film with The Rock, called Pain and Gain.

This weekend’s top 10 is as follows:

1. “Oblivion,” $38.2 million.

2. “42,” $18 million.

3. “The Croods,” $9.5 million.

4. “Scary Movie 5,” $6.3 million.

5. “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” $5.8 million.

6. “The Place Beyond the Pines,” $4.7 million.

7. “Olympus Has Fallen,” $4.5 million.

8. “Evil Dead,” $4.1 million.

9. “Jurassic Park” in 3-D, $4 million.

10. “Oz the Great and Powerful,” $3 million.

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