'Pain & Gain' dominates box office with $20 million, tops 'Oblivion'
Michael Bay's action film "Pain & Gain" dominated the weekend box office.
The film, which was released on Friday, April 26, opened to a solid $20 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film debuted on the final weekend before summer tentpoles begin to roll out.
Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Anthony Mackie star in the crime drama that follows a trio of bodybuilders in Florida who get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong. The movie is based on a true story.
The film was released by Paramount and cost a modest $26 million to produce. The dark comedy, which isn't a typical Bay storyline, overperformed in Bay's hometown of Miami, as well as in Los Angeles, according to the outlet.
The film's star, Johnson, took part in a Twitter "RockTalk" chat with fans to promote the action movie. During the candid chat, the former wrestler opened up about his plans to work with Wahlberg again, his love for country music and his wrestling future (Read 7 highlights from the actor's "RockTalk").
In the No. 2 spot for the weekend box office was Tom Cruise's sci-fi thriller, "Oblivion," which made $17.4 million in its second week. The film held its own overseas as well, with an international cume upwards of $134.1 million, according to the outlet.
In "Oblivion," a veteran is assigned to extract earth's remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself. The film also stars Morgan Freeman and Olga Kurylenko.
Cruise, 50, recently talked to OTRC.com about the action film, and explained the movie's larger message.
"When you look at this film, it is about the triumph of the human spirit. I think that's classic kind-of humanity, you know, ingenuity over, you know, the elements that are against it," Cruise said. "I think that the cool thing about sci-fi is, you know, we get to bring to an audience a world that they've never seen before, something that's very cool and yet give them a very personal human journey."
The No. 3 spot in the box office belonged to Jackie Robinson's baseball biopic "42," which earned $10.7 million in its third week. The film follows the real life story of Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey.
"The Big Wedding" took the No. 4 spot with $7.5 million, while Disney's "The Croods" held strong in No. 5 with $6.6 million.
Check out the trailer for "Pain and Gain" and "Oblivion" below.