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’42’ Scores Big At Box Office

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(Source: IMDb)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Baseball has scored a rare hit in Hollywood as the Jackie Robinson tale “42” took in $27.3 million to claim the weekend box-office championship.

The Warner Bros. film biography easily beat an established franchise in “Scary Movie 5.” According to studio estimates Sunday, the Weinstein Co. sequel opened in second-place with $15.2 million, the smallest debut for the horror-comedy series.

Three of the previous four “Scary Movie” installments had debuts of $40 million or more.

On the other hand, “42” outdid the usual expectations for baseball movies, which usually do modest business at best. Box-office trackers had expected “42” to pull in less than $20 million.

The film stars Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and Harrison Ford as Brooklyn Dodgers boss Branch Rickey, who brought No. 42 into the Major Leagues.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Where available, latest international numbers are included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday:

1. “42,” $27.25 million.

2. “Scary Movie 5,” $15.153 million.

3. “The Croods,” $13.2 million.

4. “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” $10.8 million.

5. “Evil Dead,” $9.5 million.

6. “Jurassic Park,” $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,” $4.079 million.

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