42 Knocks Scary Movie 5 Out of the Park
Jackie Robinson film scores surprise victory
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2013 3:20 PM CDT
This film publicity image released by Dimension Films/The Weinstein Co. shows Simon Rex, left, and Ashley Tisdale in a scene from "Scary Movie 5."   (AP Photo/Dimension Films/The Weinstein Co., Quantrell D.Colbert)

(Newser) – The Jackie Robinson biopic 42 shocked the competition this weekend with a surprise win at the box office, the LA Times reports. The story about America's first black major league ballplayer bowed to $27.3 million, well ahead of pre-release polling and the other new debut film, Scary Movie 5 ($15.2 million). Moviegoers also gave 42 an unusual A+ grade with CinemaScore—a perfect rating. Rounding out the top five were The Croods ($13.2 million), GI Joe: Retaliation ($10.8 million), and Evil Dead ($9.5 million), says the Hollywood Reporter.

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Apr 14, 2013 8:44 PM CDT
I haven't seen this movie....yet..... I do know the story; It is both uplifting and depressing..... The fact that so many people plunked down thier money to see and learn of this mans tortuios ascent to baseball's pinnacle rejuvenates my faith in Americans....
Apr 14, 2013 8:20 PM CDT
That a talented individual isn't allowed into an organization, just because of the color of his or her skin is unbelievable. But, then, so are racists and other conservatives.
Apr 14, 2013 4:53 PM CDT
Really amazing money, definitely go watch it!