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April 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

If the predictions delivered on Friday for the probable receipts of Legendary/Warner Bros.’ 42 were regarded as ballpark figures, then the actual results were clearly out of the ballpark. With the studio predicting a take of $15 million and box-office pundits forecasting around $20 million, the film’s estimated $27.2-million haul was clearly as dazzling as a come-from-behind homerun by the subject of the biopic, Jackie Robinson. It also puts a lid on Hollywood’s insistence that baseball movies are poison at the box office. Even ones that have received critical praise such as The Natural, Bull Durham and Field of Dreams have produced only modest results. (The latter film, regarded as the most successful baseball movie of all time, wound up with a domestic gross of $64 million in 1989, about $110 million if adjusted for inflation. The 2011 Brad Pitt starrer Moneyball, which opened with $19.5 million — the biggest debut ever for a baseball flick until now — went on to earn a domestic total of $75.6 million.) Meanwhile, Scary Movie 5, which was supposed to give 42 a run for the money, struck out looking, earning just $15.1 million — at the low end of forecasts. (All of the previous Scary Movie installments opened with more than $20 million.) Coming in third was the DreamWorks Animation/Fox release The Croods, which added another $13.2 million to its domestic total, bringing it to $142.5 million after four weeks. Paramount’s G.I Joe Retalation followed in fourth place with about $10.8 million, nudging it past the $100-million mark after three weeks to $102.4 million. Rounding out the top five was last weekend’s champ, Evil Dead, with $9.5 million.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo:
1. 42, $27.3 million; 2. Scary Movie 5, $15.2 million; 3. The Croods, $13.2 million; 4. G.I. Joe: Retaliation, $10.8 million; 5. Evil Dead, $9.5 million; 6. Jurassic Park” in 3D, $8.8 million; 7. Olympus Has Fallen, $7.3 million; 8. Oz the Great and Powerful, $4.9 million; 9. Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor, $4.5 million; 10. The Place Beyond the Pines, $4.1 million.