Jackie Robinson Day: ’42’ wins weekend with $27.5M

Montreal Royals Jackie Robinson poses in this April 18,1946 photo. This is where Jackie Robinson began his climb to the big leagues and history, where Pete Rose stroked his 4,000th hit, where the major leagues first put down roots outside the United States. The Canadian Press/File
Jackie Robinson, on signing with the Montreal Royals, October, 1945. The Canadian Press/File
Undated photo of US baseball star Jackie Robinson as he signs a then-record contract to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson, who endured insults and death threats to integrate United States sports, was honored 15 April by the permanent retirement of his jersey number throughout Major League baseball. The contract, the highest salary in Dodger history up to then, was for US $35 000 a year. STR/AFP/Getty Images
Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers poses at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, N.Y., April 11, 1947. At ballparks all across the majors Thursday, April 15, 2004, fans and players got to see and hear about the Hall of Famer Robinson's legacy. Baseball paused for Jackie Robinson Day, with video tributes, speeches and commemorative No. 42 signs honouring the man who broke the sport's colour barrier. AP Photo/John Rooney
A photo taken on the front porch of Jackie and Rachel Robinson is seen in the window next a commemorative plaque distinguishing the house inhabited by the Hall of Fame baseball legend and civil rights leader while he lived in Montreal in 1946 during an unveiling ceremony Monday, February 28, 2011 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
This Aug. 22, 1948, photo shows the Brooklyn Dodgers' Jackie Robinson stealing home at Ebbets Field in New York. The movie "42" recounts Robinson's experiences as the man who broke baseball's colour barrier. AP Photo/File
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This April 9, 2013 photo shows Jackie Robinson’s gravesite, where fans still leave tributes to the man who integrated Major League Baseball when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. His burial site is in Cypress Hills Cemetery, which straddles the border of Brooklyn and Queens and is reachable via the Jackie Robinson Parkway. AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz
At the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' "42" at the Chinese Theatre on April 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Getty Images
Jackie Robinson memorabilia. Getty Images
A skateboarder rides past a statue honouring baseball legend Jackie Robinson, who began his career with the Montreal Royals, in front of Olympic Stadium, home of the Expos, in Montreal. The Canadian Press/Ryan Remiorz
Jackie Robinson's widow, Rachel, at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' "42" at the Chinese Theatre on April 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Getty Images
The New York Mets and the San Diego Padres honour Jackie Robinson on April 15, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Getty Images
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Jonny Gomes (L) and Jacoby Ellsbury (R) look on during the national anthem prior to a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park on April 15, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. All uniformed team members are wearing jersey number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. Alex Trautwig/Getty Images

LOS ANGELES – The Jackie Robinson drama “42” led the domestic box office with $27.5 million in its opening weekend, 66 years after he became the first black player in Major League Baseball.

Monday was Jackie Robinson Day, when all big-leaguers wear No. 42 in his honour to mark his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theatres Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theatre locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by are:

1. “42,” Warner Bros., $27,487,144, 3,003 locations, $9,153 average, $27,487,144, one week.

2. “Scary Movie 5,” Weinstein Co., $14,157,367, 3,402 locations, $4,161 average, $14,157,367, one week.

3. “The Croods,” Fox, $13,115,074, 3,689 locations, $3,555 average, $142,439,144, four weeks.

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4. “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” Paramount, $10,894,415, 3,535 locations, $3,082 average, $102,520,113, three weeks.

5. “Evil Dead,” Sony, $9,488,302, 3,025 locations, $3,137 average, $41,530,084, two weeks.

6. “Jurassic Park” in 3-D, Universal, $8,861,820, 2,778 locations, $3,190 average, $31,970,985, two weeks.

7. “Olympus Has Fallen,” FilmDistrict, $7,250,084, 2,935 locations, $2,470 average, $81,856,898, four weeks.

8. “Oz the Great and Powerful,” Disney, $4,859,958, 2,504 locations, $1,941 average, $219,381,370, six weeks.

9. “Tyler Perry’s Temptation,” Lionsgate, $4,503,102, 1,805 locations, $2,495 average, $45,425,098, three weeks.

10. “The Place Beyond the Pines,” Focus, $3,865,687, 514 locations, $7,521 average, $5,239,866, three weeks.

11. “The Host,” Open Road Films, $2,383,023, 2,172 locations, $1,097 average, $23,428,483, three weeks.

12. “The Call,” Sony, $1,952,122, 1,630 locations, $1,198 average, $48,574,215, five weeks.

13. “Trance,” Fox Searchlight, $896,608, 438 locations, $2,047 average, $1,071,216, two weeks.

14. “Admission,” Focus, $877,293, 909 locations, $965 average, $16,795,247, four weeks.

15. “Identity Thief,” Universal, $541,425, 564 locations, $960 average, $132,022,265, 10 weeks.

16. “Silver Linings Playbook,” Weinstein Co., $408,626, 451 locations, $906 average, $130,333,798, 22 weeks.

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17. “Spring Breakers,” A24, $380,203, 426 locations, $892 average, $13,529,190, five weeks.

18. “Jack the Giant Slayer,” Warner Bros., $323,074, 331 locations, $976 average, $62,958,291, seven weeks.

19. “The Company You Keep,” Sony Pictures Classics, $277,818, 41 locations, $6,776 average, $450,428, two weeks.

20. “The Sapphires,” Weinstein Co., $248,945, 93 locations, $2,677 average, $784,346, four weeks.


Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

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