42 the baseball drama that tells the story of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in major league baseball by becoming the first black player over 60 years ago, won the box office title for the weekend. The baseball flick earned over $27.3 million for three days in North America.
The film that is about Robinson, the Hall of Famer, topped the forecasts made by industry experts that had the film pegged at earning only $20 million its first weekend.
The movie defeated Scary Movie 5, the latest edition of the horror spoof franchise, which finished in second place with $15.2 million in sales. The Croods, the animated adventure film that takes place in the Stone Age was No. 3 this week with earnings of $13.2 million bringing its total for four weeks to $142.5 million in North America.
Internationally, Oblivion, the new sci-fi thriller starring Tom Cruise, debuted in 53 countries and took in over $61.1 million. The movie’s distributor, Universal Studios said the film would debut this Friday in the U.S. and Canada.
Chadwick Boseman, an actor known for his television roles, stars in 42. Boseman has been in shows such as Justified and Fringe. He stars as Robinson, the legendary Brooklyn Dodgers player.
The title is in reference to the jersey number Robinson had with the Dodgers. Branch Rickey is played by Harrison Ford. Rickey was the general manager of the Dodgers and paved the way for the player to make his debut in the Major Leagues in 1947 as the first black player.
The film was produced for just $40 million.