Hollywood B.O.: '42' is More Than '5'
“42,” the Jackie Robinson biopic written and directed by Brian Helgeland, grossed more than $27 million at the weekend box office for the top spot. It's the biggest opening weekend for a baseball movie ever, beating out (believe it or not) “Benchwarmers,” the Rob Schneider comedy, which opened at $19.6m in 2006 (on its way to $59.8m), and “Moneyball,” which opened at $19.5 in 2011 (on its way to $75.6m). Even if you adjust for inflation “42” is still the biggest baseball opener. “A League of Their Own,” now No. 2, opened at an adjusted $26.6m in 1992.
Though I had my problems with “42,” word-of-mouth is pretty good, so it might have a shot of breaking the all-time box-office record for a baseball movie: “A League of Their Own” at $107m. (“Moneyball” is No. 2). Adjusted, it has no shot. It's “League” with $208m.
The other movie opening wide was “Scary Movie V.” Here's the top 10 for the weekend:
||% Change||Thtrs||Average||Total Gross||Week
|2||Scary Movie 5||$15,153,000||-||3,402||$4,454||$15,153,000||1|
|4||G.I. Joe: Retaliation||$10,800,000||-48%||3,535||$3,055||$102,426,000||3|
|6||Jurassic Park 3D||$8,820,000||-53%||2,778||$3,175||$31,929,000||2|
|7||Olympus Has Fallen||$7,283,000||-28%||2,935||$2,481||$81,890,000||4|
|8||Oz The Great and Powerful||$4,923,000||-39%||2,504||$1,966||$219,444,000||6|
|9||Tyler Perry's Temptation||$4,500,000||-55%||1,805||$2,493||$45,422,000||3|
|10||The Place Beyond the Pines||$4,080,000||480%||514||$7,938||$5,455,000||3|
Source: Box Office Mojo
Quick poll. What's the scariest thing about the above list?
- “Scary Movie V” still grossed $15 million despite a 5% Rotten Tomatoes rating and a 0% Top-Critics RT rating, with sentiments from critics such as these:
- If I ever have to watch another Scary Movie film, I'll give up on writing, cinema, and society forever. --Matt Donato
- I have been to funerals a LOT less sad than this laughless 85 minutes. --Teddy Durgin
- This is the sort of movie where you feel bad for Sheen and Lohan, because they hadn't actually hit rock bottom until they agreed to appear in it. --Alonso Duralde
- “GI Joe: Retaliation” has now grossed more than $100 million at the box office.
- There's not one movie in the top 10 you want to see.
I am happy for “42,” Jackie, and baseball movies in general. Will more be greenlit? Or one? May I put in a vote for a screen adaptation of Jane Leavy's Mickey Mantle bio?
Pick your baseball metaphor: “42” hits homerun, scores, beats competition, gets patted on the ass by American moviegoers.