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Michael Bay’s action comedy Pain & Gain flexed its box office muscles on Friday, earning $7.5 million on its first day in theaters. Paramount’s $26 million R-rated film, which stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, may take in about $21 million (in line with predictions) over the full weekend frame.

In second place, Tom Cruise’s sci-fi adventure Oblivion, which topped the chart last weekend with $37.1 million, dropped 62 percent from its opening day to $5.1 million, putting it on pace for a weekend in the $17.5 million range. The $120 million Universal film’s lackluster “B-” CinemaScore helps explain its hefty second weekend drop, though it will have amassed a solid $65 million by Sunday night.

Baseball drama 42 batted up another $3 million on its third Friday, and it should score about $10.5 million over the Friday-to-Sunday period, which would give it about $69 million total. While that’s a great result for the $40 million film, 42 isn’t exhibiting the legs that most prognosticators expected it would given its “A+” CinemaScore.

The combined appeal of Susan Sarandon, Robert DeNiro, Robin Williams, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, and Katharine Heigl didn’t help Lionsgate’s $35 million romantic comedy The Big Wedding on its opening day. The poorly reviewed film grossed only $2.5 million on Friday and may have to settle for an awful $7.5 million debut.

The Croods rounded out the Top 5 with $1.5 million and should earn over $6 million for the weekend — enough for $162 million total.

1. Pain & Gain – $7.5 million

2. Oblivion – $5.1 million

3. 42 – $3 million

4. The Big Wedding – $2.5 million

5. The Croods – $1.5 million

Check back tomorrow for the full box office report, and for more box office conversation, follow me on Twitter @gradywsmith.

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