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Weekend B.O. April 12-14 ('42' Outpaces Expectations)

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by Sergio
April 14, 2013 12:13 PM
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I was going to say “42 hits a home run” but that would have been TOO obvious.

42, which everyone seems to feel is a good film but falls short of the mark (one wonders what Spike Lee could have done with it), over-performed wildly, compared to earlier box office predictions.

Most analysts were expecting the film to be No. 1 against weak competition, but grossing something in the high teens - around $18-19 million

But the film opened big on Friday, and did even better on Saturday, grossing over $27 million. 

The film is also the biggest opening ever for any baseball movie, and relatively modestly budgeted at $40 million, it needs to make most of its money domestically and in Latin America since there’s almost no market for it in Europe and Asia (except for Japan).

As expected, Evil Dead dropped by some 64%, while The Croods just keeps going. 

However at almost $82 million to date, Olympus Has Fallen has become the biggest domestic box office take for any film directed by Antoine Fuqua.

But judging from the cheap sets and the Bulgarian-made cut rate CGI effects in the film, the $70 million production budget that’s always quoted smells like a suspiciously jacked up number.

1) 42 Warner Bros $27.2 million

2) Scary Movie 5 (Dimension Films) - $15.1 million

3) The Croods (DreamWorks Animation) - $13.2 million  Total: $142.5 million

4) G.I. Joe: Retaliation (Paramount Pictures) - $10.5 million   Total: $102 million

5) Evil Dead (TriStar Pictures) - $9.5 million  Total: $41.5 million

6) Jurassic Park (Universal Pictures) - $8.8 million  Total; $31.9 million

7) Olympus Has Fallen (FilmDistrict) - $7.2 million  Total: $81.8 million

8) Oz the Great and Powerful (Walt Disney Pictures) - $4.9 million  Total: $219.4 million

9) Tyler Perry's Temptation (Lionsgate) - $4.4 million  Total: $45.3 million

10) The Place Beyond the Pines (Focus Features) - $4 million Total:  $5.4 million

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  • ALM | April 17, 2013 4:47 PMReply

    Chadwick Boseman= Yes!!! Rowr!!!! LOL

  • richard | April 16, 2013 3:48 PMReply

    Chadwick Boseman is a STAR!!, that guy leapt off the screen. And now my wife wont stop talking about him and his body so time for some push ups! We bought a cool indie film he is in now on I Tunes called "The Kill Hole" which was intense but once again his performance was riveting.

  • getthesenets | April 15, 2013 2:13 PMReply

    think the jay z hooplah from last week helped the film

    they played clip from his verse on "Brooklyn we go hard" in the trailer

    I thought the choice of clip was in poor taste, but the fact that jay received so much publicity last week didn't hurt and probably helped

  • Mollie Brown | April 14, 2013 7:51 PMReply

    Not a huge baseball fan, but I wanted to see 42 in the theaters, will more likely by the DVD.

  • molliebrown | April 14, 2013 7:49 PMReply

    Well, I just do not think the sets in Olympus were that cheap! Theybuilt a large white house in Louisiana that looked like the real thing. I no nothing about special effects, so I cannot say where they were done. Part of the problem may be that they lost some post production time trying to get this into theaters in time to beat White House Down, with a larger budget. They moved it up quite a bit. I enjoyed it, despite the flaws, and have seen it twice. Gerard makes the day! The ending with Cerberus is a bit over the top, but still...makes you wonder what are the White House defenses against a coordinated attack.

  • sergio | April 15, 2013 1:49 AM

    That facade of the White House looked real to you? It looked like a doll house. Get a picture of the real one and compare side to side with the fake one for the film. Even the window don't match at all. As for the special effects they were done in Bulgaria. Read the end credits and also it was also reported in the trades such as Variety and Hollywood Reporter. Increasingly more and more film have doing their CGI effects in Eastern Europe where it's much more cheaper

  • Ava | April 14, 2013 6:26 PMReply

    I actually think that 42 would do well in Taiwan (A.K.A. Chinese Taipei) as well, if not for Chinese censorship rules (I read that Django got pulled at the 1th hour before its debut at theaters), although I'm not sure what there is about 42 to censor, really but one never knows.

    It seems that the makers of 42 traded complexity for the feel good Hollywood bio-pic. This is a case where I actually do wonder what Spike Lee would've done with it. It might also have fallen short but I believe Lee more likely would've been unafraid to tackle some of the more complex issues, without worrying if it made people uncomfortable.

    There have been Robinson films before, I suspect this won't be the last.
    At the very least, people are recognizing the talent of the young actors, Chadwick Boseman and Nicole Beharie.

  • CareyCarey | April 15, 2013 8:23 AM

    "Nicole Beharie was a complete waste in the movie. It was all on Chadwick Boseman and the White actors shoulders" ~ Marcus

    Hmmm... I'm smelling something. First it was Sergio taking me down memory lane, now it's the Marcus of Queensbury.

    It's New York City in the year 2011, there sits an attractive black woman. She has been touted as a rising black star, but there she sits with nothing to do. In walks Brandon (with mess on his mind) followed by Sissy, Elizabeth, Samantha, Loren, Alexa and a few gay guys.

    Aretha Franklin's "Chain of Fools" is playing in the background, lets listen in... "Shame shame shame, shame of fools. Five long yeeeears, I thought you were my man but I found out I'm just a link in your chain. You got me where you want me (sitting here with nothing to do) I ain't nothing but your fool, you treated me mean, you treated me so cruel... shame shame shame, chain of fools."

    Yep, it's the movie SHAME starring Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan and a black chick on the side. Now I didn't see the movie because I don't do porn flicks, but I heard Nicole Beharie was a complete waste in the movie. Some have defined her role as "black bait".

    Anyway, it's always nice to venture down memory lane, it give us a better insight to where we're going (I think?). So thanks Marcus & Ava.

  • Marcus | April 14, 2013 9:13 PM

    Nicole Beharie was a complete waste in the movie. She wasn't given anything to do but be the pretty supportive wife. It was all on Chadwick Boseman and the White actors shoulders. Chadwick Boseman's career is gonna take off big after this weekend. So watch for that.

  • Ava | April 14, 2013 6:27 PM

    I meant 11th hour. Geez, what happened to the other 1?

  • Curt | April 14, 2013 1:44 PMReply

    Outstanding for 42. It also got an A+ Cinamascore. That is the first movie to do so since Argo.

  • CareyCarey | April 14, 2013 1:11 PMReply

    My head is swimming, I am having a deja vu flashback. White producers and director, yet a "black" historical drama... and we all should sing HALLELUJAH! January, 2012...

    "Here we go again. Asides from the fact that Red Tails is definitely not the "first all black film", this is it yet another example of what I call "castor oil" movies that black filmgoers are commanded to go see as sense of duty and obligation. As I wrote in S & A back in June (HERE) there's always this pressure that: "We-must-support-this-movie-even-though-it'll-be-AS-DRY-AS-TOAST-and-even-less-entertaining-because-it-is-a-positive-movie-that-will-uplift-the-race-and-if-it-fails-then-they-won't-make-any-more-movies-like-this-anymore. The simple fact, and I've said this several times before, is that NO ONE sees a film out of duty or obligation. People see a movie because they WANT to." ~ Sergio Mims

    Yep, that was taken from your post "But Does Anyone REALLY Want To See "Red Tails"?

    That came to my mind as I was reading this post. Then I wondered who or what was the color of the butts who filled the seat at "42's" successful opening? And possibly, more importantly (following your above theme) why did they spend their money on the Jackie Robinson Story?

  • VichusSmith | April 14, 2013 5:24 PM

    Yeah, 42 has a lot more built in audience than Red Tails, and positive reviews didn't hurt. Hell, I was almost going to see it in theaters, and I am not a sports enthusiast.

  • Sergio | April 14, 2013 2:23 PM

    Simple 1) It's about baseball which has millions of devoted fans 2) Jackie Robinson is still very much a famous person and a hero with a fascinating story 3) a ton of publicity and advance screenings around the country more than a month in advance to get the buzz about the film going and 4)George Lucas name is NOWHERE to be found on the credits

    And 42 was not sold as a "castor oil" film but as a dramatic and compelling story. And oh yeah did I mention that it's a baseball movie opening right at the beginning of the baseball season when a lot of people are hungry for it after a long bleak winter

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