The new film on the life and career of Jackie Robinson, “42″, far exceeded its initial box office projections for its opening weekend taking in $27.3 million. It was the largest opening weekend ever for a baseball movie. Another surprise for “42″ was that 52% of its audience were female. 59% of the film’s audience were over the age of 35. Indications are that “42″ will remain strong at the box office for the next 2 to 3 weeks.
“Scary Movie 5″ met with terrible reviews and seemed to have nothing going for it except cameo appearances by Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan. It underachieved to the tune of $15.2 million for its opening and is expected to die a quick death at the box office.
The 3-D animated hit with an all-star vocal cast came in third this weekend with $13.2 million. It has taken in a total of $142.6 million for four weeks in release.
“G.I. Joe: Retaliation” took in $10.8 million putting it in fourth place over the weekend. The gory horror film ”Evil Dead” was fifth with $9.5 million. For the balance of the information on the weekend’s box office results, click on the link below.
Opening next weekend is the science fiction movie “Oblivion” starring Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman. The summer movie season officially begins Memorial Day weekend.