Box Office: Tom Cruise's 'Edge of Tomorrow' Earns $1.8 Million Thursday Night

The big-budget sci-fi epic has earned stellar reviews for the actor but has lagged in prerelease tracking.

Tom Cruise's Edge of Tomorrow grossed $1.8 million as it began rolling out in North America Thursday night, besting the $1.1 million grossed by his last film, Oblivion.

Doug Liman directed the $178 million-plus tentpole, which has earned stellar reviews. Prerelease tracking, however, has been sluggish, prompting concern on the Warner Bros. lot that the movie may only debut in the $25 million range. The studio partnered with Village Roadshow Pictures on the film.

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Edge of Tomorrow, co-starring Emily Blunt, features Cruise as a military spin master who finds himself on the battlefield forced to live the same day over and over again.

Oblivion, Cruise's last film, was also a sci-fi epic. From Universal, Oblivion debuted to $37.1 million domestically in April 2013 after earning $1.1 million on its first Thursday night.

Overseas, where Cruise remains a far bigger star, Edge of Tomorrow has already grossed more than $33 million since launching in select markets last weekend. It opens in a number of major territories this weekend, including China, Russia, Australia, France and Mexico.