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Tom Cruise did finish in third place this weekend with “Edge of Tomorrow.” But at $29.1 million, “Edge” is his second best opening weekend in 8 years. How do you like that?

Since 2006, only “Oblivion” has given Cruise a better opening weekend with $37 million. “Jack Reacher,” “Knight and Day,” and “Valkryie” all opened in equivalent numbers of theaters on three day weekends and did far worse. Indeed, all three were kind of stinkers. None of those releases made close to $100 million domestically, finishing in the 70s and 80s.

“Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol” can’t be counted because it had a weird platform distribution when it opened. For its first week it played in only 425 theaters.

“Edge” will likely hit in the $80-$90 million finish zone. That would be on a par for all Cruise movies that weren’t a “Mission” sequel or Steven Spielberg’s 2005 “War of the Worlds,” his biggest hit ever with $235 million domestic.

The next step for Cruise is to try and find a “Jerry Maguire”-like romcom or something where he’s not repelling off a building. One of the nice parts of “Edge” is that his character is a bit of a coward who has to be persuaded into action. This little character point made the movie eminently more interesting.

 

 

 

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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