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

(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.

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.
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)
This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson in a scene from 42.
This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson in a scene from "42."   (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, D. Stevens)
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