Friday Box Office: SCARY MOVIE 5 Strikes Out While Baseball Biopic 42 Makes History

     April 13, 2013

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42 was the undisputed box office champ on Friday, earning an estimated $9.1 million from 3,003 locations. That puts the Jackie Robinson biopic on track for as much as $28 million through Sunday – a record opening for a baseball movie. From a box office perspective, America’s pastime has never been a huge draw. Benchwarmers set the genre record in 2006 with its $19.7 million debut and, in 2011, Moneyball was a close second with $19.5 million. 42 – the story of the man who broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947 – was not originally expected to top $20 million. But then positive reviews met a flood of nostalgic news-coverage and the rest, as they say, is history.

The debut of Scary Movie 5 was not-nearly as historic. From its debut in 3,402 locations, Scary Movie 5 earned an estimated $5.5 million. On this same weekend in 2006 Scary Movie 4 took in over $40 million; but after yesterday’s start, the fifth installment in the horror-spoof series won’t scare up half that amount.  We’ll have full details tomorrow.

  Title Friday Total
1.   42 $8,500,000 $9.1
2.   Scary Movie 5 $5,520,000 $5.5
3.   Evil Dead $3,200,000 $35.2
4.   The Croods $3,050,000 $132.3
5.   G.I. Joe: Retaliation $2,917,000 $94.5

 

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