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Tom Cruise appears in a scene from the 2013 film Oblivion. - Provided courtesy of Universal Pictures

Tom Cruise's action film 'Oblivion' dominates box office with $38.2 million

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04/21/2013 by Nichole Hamilton

Tom Cruise's action thriller "Oblivion" easily dominated the weekend box office.

The film, which was released on Friday, April 20, opened to a solid $38.2 million, according to Entertainment Weekly. The film marks the first number one opening for Cruise in over seven years.

The 50-year-old stars in the movie as Jack Harper, one of the last remaining humans on earth after most of humanity has fled following a long war that destroyed the planet's natural resources. Harper repairs drones and his mission on earth is nearly complete when a beautiful stranger crash-lands on the planet and makes him question if he has been fighting for the right side.

Domestically, the film opened in 3,783 theaters and earned a $10,085 location average. The film has grossed $112 million thus far, and has yet to open in China and Japan, according to the outlet. The film also stars Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough and Olga Kurlyenko.

Tom Cruise recently talked to OTRC.com about the sci-fi 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."

"I think that you know there's so many different things about our Earth, you know, the beauty of our Earth," Cruise said about filming the movie. "We got to shoot in Iceland, we shot in mountains [in] California and I think it's a very beautiful, beautiful looking movie."

The movie itself was shot in digital 4K resolution and Cruise said he's a fan of watching movies on a big IMAX-like format.

"I love big screen cinema with sound and I'm so glad that we're going back to that, you know," he said. "I was someone back in the late 80s, early 90s, I was pushing 65-70mm format. It's very exciting."

The film beat out a number of films, including Jackie Robinson's new biopic, "42." See the weekend box office earnings below, as reported by EW.

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

Check out the trailer for "Oblivion" below. Also, check out his interview with OTRC.com.

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