For the second weekend in a row, Iron Man 3 dominated the box office, adding $72.5 million to its total, which now stands at a whopping $284.9 million. New release The Great Gatsby earned second place, with an impressive $51.1 million intake. Michael Bay's Pain & Gain dropped to third, taking in just $5 million, followed by Tyler Perry Presents Peeples, which made a paltry $4.9 million in its first weekend. 42 hung in the top five with a $4.7 million haul.
Tony Stark took down more than The Mandarin this weekend: Iron Man 3 earned $175.3 million, earning the blockbuster the second-highest opening weekend of all time behind last year's The Avengers. Last week's No. 1, Pain & Gain, followed far, far behind, taking in $7.6 million. Historical baseball movie 42 stayed steady in third place, earning $6.2 million, followed by Oblivion, with $5.8 million. The Croods rounded out the top five with $4.2 million.
Michael Bay's pumped-up action movie Pain & Gain won the box office in its first weekend of release, scoring a haul of $20 million. Tom Cruise's sci-fi Oblivion held up pretty well in its second week, adding $17.4 million to its total, while Jackie Robinson biopic 42 stayed strong in third place, earning $10.7 million. New release The Big Wedding took in $7.5 million, and The Croods hung in the top five with $6.6 million. Matthew McConaughey's new film, Mud, took in $2.2 million in limited release.
Tom Cruise's futuristic new release, Oblivion, won this weekend's box office, beating expectations and earning $38.2 million. Bumped to second place was 42 with $18 million, while The Croods stayed steady in third place, adding $9.5 million to its total. Scary Movie 5 made $6.3 million, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation rounded out the top five with a $5.8 million haul.
Alan Tudyk stars as late baseball manager Ben Chapman in the new Jackie Robinson biopic 42, which took the top spot at the box office over the weekend. The actor is best known for his comedic work, so when he stopped by our LA studios recently, he told us portraying the well-documented racist was outside his comfort zone in more ways than one. He also spoke to us about his role on Suburgatory and hinted that his character, Noah, will have a chance to get revenge on the man who stole his girlfriend in an upcoming episode. Watch our interview to see what else Alan had to say about working alongside Harrison Ford and why Jackie's story should make Americans proud.
Home run! Pardon the baseball puns, but Jackie Robinson biopic 42 was No. 1 at the box office this weekend with $27.3 million. Fellow new release Scary Movie 5 came in second with $15.2 million, followed by animated family film The Croods with $13.2 million. In fourth place came action sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation with $10.8 million, and last week's No. 1, horror remake Evil Dead, rounded out the top five with $9.5 million. Disconnect also came out this weekend in a handful of theaters, earning $124,000.
The new film 42, a biopic about baseball legend Jackie Robinson, has enough crowd-pleasing fun to entertain sports fans and history buffs alike — as long as you don't mind your sports movies with extra cheese. Starting in 1943, the movie follows Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) as he sets out to recruit the league's first African-American player for his team. His search leads him to Jackie (Chadwick Boseman), a hot-tempered talent from the African-American league. The gruff Branch mentors Jackie from Spring training to opening day with the Dodgers, supporting him as he survives the racism he encounters from the public and his own teammates. If 42 has piqued your interest, then here are four reasons I think you might like the movie — and two reasons you may not.
- Jackie Robinson's story is engaging. Jackie gets on Branch's radar just as his personal life picks up steam. He marries his sweetheart (Nicole Beharie) and has a baby. Balancing these developments with his baseball career not only makes him more well-rounded as a character, but also makes for a more interesting story.
- Newcomer Chadwick Boseman is one to watch. This is Boseman's first starring role in a major film, and he gives a strong performance as Jackie, portraying just the right amount of smoldering anger below the surface. He carries scenes with the swagger of a seasoned pro, and while his bulky arms might attract your eye, it's his acting skills that keep you fixated.
- It's cool to see (and hear) all the '40s baseball stuff. Re-created stadiums and classic uniforms make the time period a character in itself. One of the most charming small touches is John C. McGinley's old-time radio announcer voice.
- Harrison Ford fans will love it. Do you love Harrison Ford playing a grumpy old man? Then you'll love him here as he huffs around his office puffing on cigars and plays the wise old man with obvious amusement. Branch is a quirkier character than Ford has played lately, which makes him all the more fun to watch.
And if you want to find out the drawbacks of 42, then just read more.
Whether you're a sports fanatic or an indie movie lover or you just want to see True Blood's Alexander Skarsgard shirtless on the big screen, there's a movie for you hitting theaters this weekend. Check out pictures of the Jackie Robinson story, 42; Terrence Malick's latest, To the Wonder; tech thriller Disconnect; and last, but (maybe) not least, Scary Movie 5. Which will you be seeing?
Harrison Ford had his wife, Calista Flockhart, by his side to premiere his new film, 42, at the TCL Chinese Theatre in LA last night. Harrison was also joined by costars Chadwick Boseman and Naya Rivera to debut the film, which chronicles famous baseball star Jackie Robinson's history-making story with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Jackie Robinson's widow, Rachel Robinson, was also included for last night's excitement. Harrison was not the only one to bring a date, as Glee star Naya had boyfriend Big Sean by her side on the red carpet as well.
Aside from last night's premiere, 42 had another special event ahead of its release on Friday. Michelle Obama hosted a screening of the film in the White House theater last week with Harrison and the rest of the cast in attendance. The First Lady was more than excited to have Harrison as a guest, which she revealed in her remarks for the occasion, saying, "I want to thank Harrison Ford — I've wanted to say that for a while. Harrison Ford. So you think you trip because I'm here? I'm tripping out because he's here."
In 42, Chadwick Boseman stars as Jackie Robinson, the first African American to make to the big leagues. The inspiring story also features Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, the executive who realizes that times are changing and recruits Robinson for the Dodgers. The trailer hints at the brutality Robinson faced on the baseball diamond (baseballs thrown at his face, general animosity from competitors and his own teammates), but the overarching theme is one of hope as Robinson opens the door for racial integration.
Is there any trailer that a good Jay-Z song can't make better? As soon as the bars for "Brooklyn Go Hard" started up, I was sold. Robinson's story represents a huge turning point in American history, one ripe with cinematic potential, so I'm looking forward to seeing this one when it opens April 13, and you can watch the trailer after the jump.