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Weekend Box Office: '42' Leads Weekend, Breaks Baseball Movie Records, 'Scary' Series Ends

Photo of Tom Brueggemann By Tom Brueggemann | Thompson on Hollywood April 14, 2013 at 1:19PM

Old-fashioned period baseball biopic "42" opened surprisingly well and shows signs of long-term play. The Jackie Robinson film provides struggling Warner Bros. with a much-needed hit. But the weekend was modest overall, with a top ten grossing about $105 million, the same as last year, but down from last week.

Dwayne Johnson in "G.I. Joe Retaliation"
Dwayne Johnson in "G.I. Joe Retaliation"
3. The Croods (20th Century-Fox) Week 4; Last weekend: #3

$13,200,000 (-36%) in 3,689 theaters (-190); PSA: $3,578; Cumulative: $142,525,000

Holding its position and falling only about one third its fourth weekend, "The Croods" continues to be a successful initial performer for the new Dreamworks Animation/20th Century-Fox partnership. With international already way over $200 million, this has become a substantial success and possibly the biggest film of the year so far (since "Oz" overseas is grossing less than this has).

What comes next: This is a big boost for the recently struggling Dreamworks, and could reach $200 million domestically before it's through.

4. G.I. Joe: Retaliation (Paramount) Week 3; Last weekend: #2

$10,800,000 (-48%) in3,535 theaters (-199); PSA: $3,575; Cumulative: $102,426,000

Falling another 50% isn't a good sign for the domestic part of this $200 million+ sequel, but international continues to perform much better, making this less of a problem than it might have been for Paramount otherwise.

What comes next: "Oblivion" next week will be strong competition as this likely will continue to fall quickly.

5. Evil Dead (Sony) Week 2; Last weekend: #1

$9,500,000 (-63%) in 3,025 theaters (unchanged); PSA: $3,140; Cumulative: $41,500,000

A 60% + drop is not a good sign for last week's stronger-than-expected #1 horror remake, although its ultimate $50 million domestic take plus whatever it adds foreign should be enough to make this a modest hit for Sony.

What comes next: One more top 10 week at most before disappearing.

6. Jurassic Park 3D (Universal) Week 2; Last weekend: #4

$8,900,000 (-53%) in 2,778 theaters (+7); PSA: $3,175; Cumulative: $31,900,00

Not an impressive hold for this 3D revamp.

What comes next: This will make most of its money overseas, particularly in territories like China that have massively added theaters and with that interest in older American blockbusters.

7. Olympus Has Fallen (FilmDistrict) Week 4; Last weeekend: #5

$7,283,000 (-28%) in 2,935 theaters (-124); PSA: $2,481; Cumulative: $81,890,000

This would be an impressive number for most films in their fourth week, more so for an action-oriented film, which mainly tend to open strong and fall quickly. In a year where many more veteran star-driven vehicles have underperformed, this has been a standout performer, with $100 million - by far the biggest success for the revamped FilmDistrict - now likely.

What comes next: This has a couple top 10 weeks left in it as most theaters likely hold for additional playtime.

8. Oz: The Great and Powerful (Buena Vista) Week 6; Last weekend: #7

$4,923,000 (-38%) in 2,504 theaters (-401); PSA: $1,966; Cumulative: $219,444,000

Holding decently late in its run, the year's biggest grosser so far is beginning to lose steam but is still strong. The more worrisome element for Disney is that the worldwide total is only a bit more than double - $471 million, normally a strong figure but vastly below the $1 billion "Alice in Wonderland" amassed. With a production cost of $200 million+ and significant marketing costs and most of the theatrical gross in, this is below what was needed to make this a major success.

What comes next: An ongoing series seems less likely than at first anticipated.

9. Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (Lionsgate) Week 3; Last weekend: #6

$4,500,000 (-55%) in 1,805 theaters (-242); PSA: $2,490; Cumulative: $45,422,000

Another big drop as the latest Tyler Perry film runs out of stream, but considering its budget and its non-comedic elements normally part of his hits, as well as it lower budget, it still looks like a success.

What comes next: Most of its gross is in, though this will yet another $50 million film for Perry.

10. The Place Beyond the Pines (Focus) Week 3; Last weekend: #13

$4,080,000 (+560%) in 514 theaters (+484); PSA: $7,937; Cumulative: $5,455,000

A strong performance for this expansion of Derek Cianfrance's heavy drama, with the star power of Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling adding appeal. This is a solid PSA, elevated by having fewer theaters (Focus' "Moonrise Kingdom" with 395, even fewer, did $8,596, so this compares quite favorably.) Making the top 10 this early is impressive. As it widens further (as these grosses justify), it could stick around for a while.

What comes next: It's early, but comparisons with "Moonrise Kingdom" and other similar films suggest this could end up at $40 million or better, excellent for an independent, lower-budget production

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.