Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Jackie Robinson bio has top opening weekend in history of baseball pics

`42' scored $27.4 million opening weekend at the box office. That's a record for baseball-themed flicks.

Jackie Robinson bio has top opening weekend in history of baseball pics

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Chadwick Boseman is the star of ´42´ -- a biopic on the career of Jackie Robinson.
Chadwick Boseman is the star of '42' -- a biopic on the career of Jackie Robinson.

42, starring Chadwick Boseman as Brooklyn Dodgers legend Jackie Robinson – the player who shattered Major League Baseball’s color barrier – shattered a box office record, too. The film, with Harrison Ford as Dodgers owner Branch Rickey, scored the best opening weekend numbers -- $27. 4 million – of any baseball-themed motion picture, ever. What’s weird, though, is that the film 42 bumped fropm the top slot is The Benchwarmers, the 2006 screwball comedy starring John Heder, Rob Schneider and David Spade. Its opening weekend grosses: $19.7 million. Who knew? Who can even remember?

Number three on the list is a bit more reputable: Moneyball  (2011), with Brad Pitt, which took in $19.5 million. Rounding out the top five in the baseball box office stats: The Rookie (2002), with Dennis Quaid, at $16 million, and the Geena Davis/Madonna/Tom Hanks all-femme baseball pic, A League of their Own (1992), at $13 million.

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