'42' Rips a Box Office Home Run Over the Weekend
America’s national pastime powered the box office over the weekend as Brian Helgeland’s Jackie Robinson biopic, 42, took the top slot on the Top 10 charts.
The baseball drama, starring relative newcomer Chadwick Boseman as the legendary Brooklyn Dodger, banked an estimated $27.2 million in its opening weekend, benefitting from a lack of competition and a decline in interest in last weekend’s winner, Evil Dead.
In posting $27M, 42 nearly doubled the take of the horror spoof comedy Scary Movie 5, which earned an estimated $15.1M on its way to a second place finish. Believe it or not, that’s extremely low for this lucrative franchise. Three of the previous four installments all opened north of $l40 million, with only Scary Movie 2 opening to a measly $20M back in 2001. Pairing Lindsay Lohan with Charlie Sheen can’t beat a 2001 opening number? Sad.
The rest of the Top 10 chart shuffled around releases that have been in theaters for weeks.
The animated adventure The Croods continued to perform well, adding $13.2M to its coffers over the weekend to push its cumulative earnings to $142.5M. And G.I. Joe: Retaliation crossed the $100M mark over the weekend, sitting at $102M domestically and a healthy $270M worldwide.
Here’s the full Top 10 list for the weekend:
MOVIE / WEEKEND / TOTAL
1. 42, $27.2M
2. Scary Movie 5, $15.1M
3. The Croods, $13.2M, $142.5M
4. G.I. Joe: Retaliation, $10.8, $102.4M
5. Evil Dead, $9.5M, $41.5M
6. Jurassic Park 3D, $8.8M, $31.9M
7. Olympus Has Fallen, $7.2M, $81.8M
8. Oz the Great and Powerful, $4.9M, $219.4M
9. Tyler Perry’s Temptation, $4.5M, $45.4M
10. The Place Beyond the Pines, $4M, $5.4M
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Sean is a film reviewer for The Washington Post and daily contributor to Fandango.
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