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Did you know The Rock has had a top ten movie for 15 straight weekends?

How’s your year going? Probably not as well as the Rock’s.

The wrestling star (and host of TNT’s The Hero, which premieres tomorrow night) is in the midst of an amazing box-office streak. He’s starred in four movies so far in 2013 — Snitch (Feb. 22), G.I. Joe: Retaliation (March 28), Pain and Gain (April 26), and Fast & Furious 6 (May 24) — and while they haven’t all been massive hits, three of them opened at No. 1. All together they’ve grossed over $937 million worldwide, giving the Rock (a.k.a. Dwayne Johnson) some major box-office bragging rights.

“As you know, I’ve been around for some time now,” Johnson told EW recently. “This is my 12th and 13th year in the business. Building an empire was the goal.” And built an empire he has!

In fact, for the past 15 weekends — yes, since Feb. 22 — the Rock has had at least one movie in the Top 10 at the U.S. box office. And considering audiences’ enduring love of the Fast franchise, he’s got a few more weekends left before that streak ends, too. Here’s how it’s all worked out: READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Oblivion' reaffirms Tom Cruise's star power with $38.2 million debut

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If this weekend’s box office is any indication, the couch jumping stigma that has plagued Tom Cruise’s career for the better part of the last decade may finally be thing of the past.

Cruise’s latest, the $120 million sci-fi adventure Oblivion, opened to a solid $38.2 million this weekend. That’s a terrific start for the chiseled star, who has struggled recently at the box office with under-performers like Jack Reacher, Rock of Ages, Valkyrie, and Knight and Day. In fact, only four Cruise vehicles have ever opened higher — and three of them are Mission Impossible movies. (The other is War of the Worlds). Oblivion actually marks the first number one opening for Cruise in seven years, though it should be noted that Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol opened in limited release and climbed to number one upon its wide expansion.

Cruise isn’t the only star in Oblivion — it also features Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, and Olga Kurlyenko — but it was marketed almost exclusively on his appeal. According to distributor Universal, audiences, which were 57 percent male and 74 percent 25 or older, listed Tom Cruise as their primary reason for seeing the film, followed by the sci-fi genre and Morgan Freeman. Those same audiences weren’t in love with what they saw, though, as Oblivion was issued a lackluster “B-” CinemaScore grade.

Domestically, Oblivion opened in 3,783 theaters and earned a fantastic $10,085 location average. IMAX screens accounted for $5.5 million of Oblivion‘s weekend gross. Internationally, the film had a successful weekend, as well. After its $61.1 million opening from 52 territories, Oblivion took in another $33.6 million from 60 territories this time around. The film has grossed $112 million so far (for a $150.2 million worldwide total), and it has high-profile openings in Japan and China still to come.

In second, the Jackie Robinson drama 42 fell only 34 percent to $18 million for a $54.1 million total after ten days. Warner Bros.’ $40 million baseball pic, which earned an “A+” CinemaScore grade, didn’t hold quite as well as The Help, another “A+” racially charged drama, which dipped 23 percent in its second weekend. Thus, while 42 still seems likely to hit the $100 million mark, it doesn’t seem destined for a gross in the same range as The Help‘s $169 million total. Still, 42 is a big winner for Warner Bros., which was in dire need of a box office hit.

The Croods spent the weekend in third place, dropping 28 percent to $9.5 million. After five weeks, the $135 million animation has grossed $154.9 million, a great start in the five-year distribution deal between DreamWorks Animation and Fox.

In fourth, Scary Movie 5 didn’t hold nearly as well. The $20 million spoof from Weinstein’s Dimension fell 56 percent to $6.3 million, giving it a weak $22.9 million total after ten days. At the same point in its run, Scary Movie 4 had earned $67.5 million.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation rounded out the Top 5 with $5.8 million, marking a 48 percent drop from its prior frame. Paramount’s $130 million film has now earned $111.2 million domestically, a substantially lower gross than its predecessor, but it’s been making up ground overseas, where the film has earned $211.7 million. Retaliation opened in China this week, where it took in $33 million during its first seven days. Worldwide, Retaliation has earned $322.9 million and should pass the $400 million mark with ease.

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

The Place Beyond the Pines just missed the Top 5 after expanding from 514 theaters into 1,542 theaters. Pines grossed $4.8 million, yielding a mediocre $3,078 per theater average, which doesn’t merit further expansion. The Focus Features release cost $15 million and has earned $11.4 million total.

Two other quick highlights: Sony’s $13 million Halle Berry thriller The Call passed the $50 million mark this weekend. It’s been a nice mid-level hit for distributor TriStar. Olympus Has Fallen has also been doing terrific business for its distributor, FilmDistrict. After five weekends, the White House thriller has quietly earned $88.8 million.

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Read more:
Oblivion: EW Review
The Place Beyond the Pines: EW Review
42: EW Review
The Croods: EW Review
G.I. Joe: Retaliation: EW Review

Box office update: 'Oblivion' wins Friday with $13.3 million

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Oblivion topped the box office on Friday with $13.3 million, putting it on pace for an easy weekend win. The $120 million Tom Cruise adventure, which also stars Olga Kurylenko and Morgan Freeman, may earn about $38 million over its first three days, which would be the fourth biggest opener of 2013, behind Oz The Great and Powerful ($79.1 million), The Croods ($43.6 million), and G.I. Joe: Retaliation ($40.5 million). Audiences may have been befuddled by the twists in the film’s plot, as they issued Oblivion a “B-” CinemaScore.

Last weekend’s champ, 42, held strong in second place with $5.2 million and could bat up another $18 million in its sophomore frame. The film, which earned an “A+” CinemaScore grade from audiences, will have $54 million by Sunday’s end. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'Oblivion' will Cruise to No. 1

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Only one new film is entering the fray this weekend, the Tom Cruise sci-fi adventure Oblvion. With no real competition, the film should easily top the chart, while The Place Beyond The Pines looks to break out in its wide release expansion.

Here’s how the box office may shake out:

1. Oblivion – $38 million
Tom Cruise has become a polarizing star over the past few years, but he’s still a considerable draw in major action tentpoles like the Universal release Oblivion, which cost about $120 million to produce. Oblivion will benefit from being the first big-budget spectacle to hit theaters since G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and it should play very well with young men as a result. (Morgan Freeman’s presence is always a reliable draw for men as well.) The film has gotten a strong, Inception-y marketing push from the studio, and it will get a boost from IMAX screens as well. Out in 3,782 theaters, Oblivion could earn about $38 million this weekend. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: '42' knocks it out of the park with $27.3 million; 'Oblivion' huge overseas

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Tomorrow, Major League Baseball will celebrate its annual Jackie Robinson Day, and all players and umpires will wear jerseys with the number 42, which Robinson, the first African-American player in the MLB, made famous. Don’t be surprised if the execs at Warner Bros. join in on the fun. The studio did have a grand slam weekend, after all.

Warner Bros.’ new baseball drama 42 topped the box office with $27.3 million — far ahead of recent baseball titles like Moneyball ($19.5 million debut) and Trouble with the Curve ($12.2 million). In fact, 42 scored the best ever debut for a baseball film, surpassing The Benchwarmers‘ $19.7 million bow. 42 also became the latest release to earn a rare “A+” CinemaScore grade, signifying exemplary word-of-mouth among ticket-buyers. Former “A+” releases include The Help, Tangled, The Blind Side, Titanic, and A Few Good Men. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: '42' bats up $9.1 million Friday, earns rare 'A+' CinemaScore

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Talk about hitting it out of the park!

The Jackie Robinson baseball drama 42 exceeded industry expectations on Friday, grossing $9.1 million during its first day in theaters. The film, a $40 million production from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, swung harder than other recent baseball flicks like Moneyball and Trouble with the Curve, which grossed $6.7 million and $4.2 million on their opening days, respectively.

Notably, 42 earned a rare “A+” CinemaScore grade from polled audiences, thereby joining the ranks of fellow crowd-pleasers like The Help, Tangled, The Blind Side, and Titanic. Strong word-of-mouth should drive business on Saturday and Sunday — the film will likely earn about $27 million in its first three days — and also in the weeks to come. Warner Bros. just may have a grand slam hit on its hands. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: '42' and 'Scary Movie 5' swing for the fences

Two newcomers are stepping up to the box office plate this weekend: the Jackie Robinson biopic 42 and the horror “spoof” Scary Movie 5. It will likely be a close match between the films for the top spot, which will be vacated by last weekend’s champ, Evil Dead — in fact, the horror film may miss the Top 5 entirely. Overall, it should be another weekend stuffed with healthy holdovers as six films are headed for grosses above $10 million for the second frame in a row.

Here’s how the weekend may shake out: READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Evil Dead' brings life to industry with $26 million debut

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The 2013 box office has been stuck in a bit of a rut. For nine of the past ten weekends, overall grosses have lagged behind 2012 totals, and high-profile releases like Jack the Giant Slayer, The Host, Beautiful Creatures, and A Good Day to Die Hard have badly misfired. That’s why industry folks are likely breathing a sigh of relief this morning looking at the box office chart. Not only did Evil Dead and Jurassic Park 3D both open successfully, but six separate films earned over $10 million during the Friday-to-Sunday period. It’s an encouraging sign of industry health as Hollywood gears up for the lucrative summer movie season.

Evil Dead, a new remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult classic, led the way with $24.2 million. Sony is boasting a $26 million frame, which includes the $1.8 million the film earned at Thursday night shows. The horror film scared up more in its opening weekend than Texas Chainsaw 3D, which debuted to $21.7 million in January, but less than Mama, which took of with $28.4 million in February. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Evil Dead scares up $10.1 million on Friday

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The box office was alive thanks to the Evil Dead on Friday. The $17 million horror remake, from TriStar, FilmDistrict, and Ghost House took in a terrific $10.1 million on its debut Friday — the same amount that fellow horror release Mama earned in its first 24 hours en route to a $28.4 million weekend earlier this year. Evil Dead will likely be more frontloaded than that film due to built-in anticipation from fans of the 1981 original, but it could still earn about $27 million over the Friday-to-Sunday period.

Of course, Sony reported that Evil Dead earned $11.9 million on Friday, explaining that that number was “including Thursday late shows.” The studio was folding in the $1.8 million that Evil Dead earned on Thursday (and not all from midnight screenings — mostly from 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. showtimes). This is part of a somewhat frustrating trend in Hollywood’s box office reporting right now — WSJ‘s Ben Fritz wrote a great piece on the misleading tactic of extending “opening weekend” earlier this week. I requested clarification of Evil Dead‘s Friday gross, but Sony did not respond.

Universal’s re-release Jurassic Park 3D roared into second place with $7 million — a touch behind the Titanic 3D re-release, which earned $7.1 million on its first day — putting it on pace for a solid $18 million frame. Jurassic Park should end up being a nice winner for Universal, which spent just $10 million to convert it into 3-D.

A trio of holdovers rounded out the Top 5. Last weekend’s victor G.I. Joe: Retaliation earned $6.4 million, and may wind up with $20 million for the weekend. Fox’s animated hit The Croods scored $6 million on Friday, and thanks to healthy family viewing on Saturday, it will likely surpass G.I. Joe with about $22 million by Sunday night. In fifth, Tyler Perry’s Temptation took in another $3.4 million and may finish the weekend with $10 million, which would bring its total past the $38 million mark.

1. Evil Dead – $11.9 million
2. Jurassic Park– $7 million
3. G.I. Joe: Retaliation – $6.4 million
4. The Croods – $6 million
5. Tyler Perry’s Temptation – $3.4 million

Check back tomorrow for the full box office report, and follow me on Twitter at @gradywsmith for more box office updates and musing throughout the week.

Read more:
Evil Dead: EW Review
Jurassic Park 3D: EW Review

Box office preview: 'Evil Dead' will try to put 'G.I. Joe' in the grave

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It’s been a tough year at the 2013 box office so far. Altogether, the film industry has racked up $2.267 billion worth of ticket sales, a whopping 12.5 percent decrease from the $2.55 billion that movies had earned at the same point in 2012.

It seems unlikely that the hordes of dead bodies and dead dinosaurs hitting theaters this weekend will resurrect the struggling box office — that won’t happen until May, when Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, Fast & Furious 6, and The Hangover Part III debut — but The Evil Dead and Jurassic Park 3D should be able to achieve hearty numbers nonetheless.

Here’s how the box office may shake out:

1. Evil Dead – $24 million
The brand new horror film, from Sony, FilmDistrict, and Ghost House, should top the box office this weekend. Evil Dead is a remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult classic, and it’s been earning positive buzz and geek-cred for months after screening at festivals like SXSW. The combination of built-in anticipation, nostalgia, and  reliable gore-loving audience members may drive the film, which carries a small $17 million budget, to a $24 million weekend. It could reach higher, though its R-rating limits appeal considerably. READ FULL STORY

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