The Jackie Robinson biopic "42" connected with $9.1 million in its box-office debut Friday, and is heading for home with a record-breaking $27 million three-day total in sight.
The weekend's other wide opener, horror spoof "Scary Movie 5," was running second after opening to a soft $5.5 million Friday, which puts it on track for a disappointing $14.5 million first weekend. Holdovers "The Croods," "G.I. Joe Retaliation" and last week's No. 1 film, "Evil Dead," held the next three spots.
Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros.' "42" was a crowd-pleaser and received a rare "A+" CinemaScore from first-night audiences at 3,003 theaters. The positive word of mouth should help it stay on its hot pace Saturday and Sunday and easily post the biggest opening ever for a baseball movie. The previous best was the 2006 comedy "Benchwarmers, " which had a three-day total of $19.6 million. The 2011 Brad Pitt movie "Moneyball" debuted with $19.5 million.
Chadwick Boseman stars as Robinson, and Harrison Ford plays Branch Rickey, the Dodgers executive who signed him and broke baseball's ...