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Foreign Box Office: Tom Cruise's 'Oblivion' Opens With $13.1 Million Friday Overseas

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The sci-fi film is heading for a $60 million weekend as it debuts in 52 territories abroad.

While Tom Cruise's sci-fi film Oblivion doesn’t open until Friday, April 19, in the United States, it has just launched successfully in overseas markets.

Distributor Universal reports it captured $13.1 million Friday, has collected $23.1 million to date and is on target for an opening weekend of $60.5 million.

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That will make the film, directed by Joseph Kosinski and produced by Kosinksi, Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark on a budget of $120 million, the top film in the international marketplace this weekend as it bows in 52 territories.

Oblivion opened at No. 1 in 48 of those territories, including Russia, where it took in $1.5 million, the biggest opening day of the year for a non-3D release. After two days, the movie’s Russian box-office total is $3.2 million, marking Cruise’s biggest opening in Russia ever.  

In the U.K. and Ireland, Oblivion opened at No. 1 with $1.6 million from 520 dates, which is the widest release for a Cruise movie in that market. The opening-day gross is on par with the Mission Impossible films and is 41 percent higher than Tron: Legacy, Kosinski’s last feature, and 34 percent higher than Cruise’s last movie, Jack Reacher.

Oblivion also ranked No. 1 in Spain with $771,000 and in France with $560,000. In Southeast Asia, it had its best showing in Korea, grossing $1.3 million in two days. And in Latin America, it saw its best opening in Mexico, where it picked up $650,000.

By way of comparison, the studio reported, Oblivion’s opening was 22 percent above that of Tron: Legacy in the comparable territories, 70 percent ahead of Jack Reacher and just 7 percent below the recent Oz the Great and Powerful.

Oblivion opens in the U.S. and Canada and seven more international territories next weekend.