42 Scores At Box Office
On Jackie Robinson Day, the 66th anniversary of the second-baseman's debut on the Brooklyn Dodgers -- when every MLB player wears Robinson's number 42 on their uniforms -- it was announced that 42, the film about Robinson's first season on the team, had earned more money during its opening weekend than any other baseball movie in history. With $27.5 million in ticket sales it also topped every other sports movie, except 2009's The Blind Side, which opened in 2009 with $34.1 million. The 42 result easily exceeded virtually ever analyst's forecasts and amounted to nearly twice the $15 million that its studio, Warner Bros., had estimated it would earn. Moreover, with a rare A+ CinemaScore rating from audiences, it seemed assured of a long run in theaters and a total gross of around $100 million. On the other hand, the prospects for Scary Movie 5, the only other film to open wide over the weekend, were not so auspicious. It opened in second place with $14.2 million, down 65 percent from the $40.2 million that Scary Movie 4 took in when it opened in 2006. In third place the Fox/DreamWorks Animation feature The Croods slipped a modest 37 percent to $13.1 million in it fourth week, bringing its total domestic gross to date to $142.5 million, while in its third weekend, G.I. Joe: Retaliation dropped 48 percent to $10.9 million, pushing its total past $100 million to $102.5 million.