Tom Cruise has had a rough time at the box office in recent years. Aside from the "Mission: Impossible" franchise, the A-lister hasn't registered an opening weekend north of $30 million since 2005's "War of the Worlds."
That all changed with "Oblivion," which opened early overseas to strong ticket sales and debuted this weekend in the U.S. to $38 million. To date, the sci-fi actioner from "Tron: Legacy" director Joseph Kosinksi has banked $150 million.
But what did you think of "Oblivion"? The film, which also stars Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, and Andrea Riseborough, didn't exactly wow the critics, many of whom referenced a lack of originality.
Let us know your opinion in the poll after the jump!
This weekend, "Oblivion" starring Tom Cruise opens in theaters across the U.S. Some critics are giving the movie, which has otherwise been lukewarmly received, the benefit of the doubt for being the rare sci-fi movie that isn't based on a book or movie.
While there is something to be said about the lack of sci-fi movie in theaters these days, there are much better examples of the genre from the past 10 years that may have slipped under your radar. Check out a sample below.
By Tara Fowler
This weekend, a movie called "Oblivion" hits theaters. It is not, as I believed when it was first announced, based on the popular video game (which I wouldn't be opposed to — make it happen, Hollywood!). Instead, this film sees Tom Cruise as one of the last humans stationed on a dying Earth following an alien attack sixty years prior*. Here are seven facts about the savior of mankind:
By Amelia Mularz
Sure, we've all been thinking it. Suri Cruise, when will you start pulling your own weight? Itty bitty high heels don't grow on trees, ya know.
Suri, daughter to Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, is at the ripe age of six, which in celeb child years means she's nearly ready to carry her own mortgage. Drew Barrymore, who herself is the daughter of a Hollywood family, had a film under her belt by age four, and starred in E.T. at seven. If Suri were Shirley Temple, she'd already have an Oscar sitting in her playroom. And then there's the more recent success of Quvenzhané Wallis, who got an Oscar nom earlier this year. She was only five when she auditioned for "Beasts of the Southern Wild."
If you can't wait until April 19 to see "Oblivion," then the four new clips that have been released by Universal should be a good tease for you. They feature everything we've been dying to see in the movie: the Bubbleship, the Scavs and, of course, Tom Cruise.
The most interesting of the four clips is the second, which is when Cruise's Jack Harper sees Olga Kurylenko's character for the first time. As the third clip informs us, Jack has no memories from before his "mission" began, but he also for some reason recognizes the girl in the pod. Clearly there's a lot going on that he isn't clued in on.
Check out the four clips after the jump!
If there's one thing that you need to know about F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece "The Great Gatsby," it's that the party never ends... We think. We never finished reading it.
Also, everbody wants to kill Bruce Willis in today's Dailies!
Joseph Kosinski's "Oblivion" shows a new science fiction universe, and a recently released featurette for the movie highlights the creation of the movie's "Bubbleship" spaceship.
"The whole philosophy for the movie was to try to shoot everything in camera, so we decided it made sense to build a full scale version of the Bubbleship," Kosinski said in the video, adding that "Oblivion's" leading man had a big part in the ship's creation. "[Star Tom Cruise] had some input on the controls to make sure it felt as realistic as possible with the foot pedals and the control stick."
We may finally have an answer about what happened to Gore Verbinski's proposed "BioShock" adaptation. It may have been the financial failure of "Watchmen" that doomed the video game movie.
Also, see what went into turning Anthony Hopkins into Alfred Hitchcock in today's Dailies!
The first trailer for "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2" dropped today, and we finally see the "Jurassic Park"-like food world in motion. The sequel takes some minor inspiration from the original book's own sequel, "Pickles to Pittsburgs," a literary classic.
Also, Tom Cruise's "Oblivion" gets some new posters in Dailies!
Thus far Tom Cruise's "Oblivion" has seemed like a curious proposition. Cruise in it, so he'll probably do his yell voice thing. John Kosinski of "Tron Legacy" directed the thing, so it will probably be purrttty. But it's kind of like "WALL-E"? And Morpheus Freeman is there? You lost me.
But a new trailer, which premiered over on MSN UK, is giving us the feeling that they may have underestimated "Oblivion" from the start.
The preview focuses more on the set-up of the actual story, instead of trying to lure us in with the Mystery of It All. We get more of Morgan Freeman doing his best "Welcome to the Matrix" speech, but the backstory for Olga Kurylenko's character seems like something we could invest in when "Oblivion" hits theaters on April 19.
Check out the trailer after the jump!