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Robinson biopic a home run at N. America theaters

15 april 2013, 12:17
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Rachel Robinson, Jackie Robinson's widow. ©AFP
Rachel Robinson, Jackie Robinson's widow. ©AFP
Jackie Robinson biopic "42" hit a home run at the North American box office in its debut weekend, easily besting its box office rivals, AFP reports citing industry estimates.

The film, starring Chadwick Boseman as the ground-breaking African American baseball star and Harrison Ford as the Brooklyn Dodgers exec who signed him, raked in $27.3 million in ticket sales.

"Scary Movie 5," the latest installment in the horror comedy franchise, opened far behind in second place at $15.2 million, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

Stone-age cartoon "The Croods," DreamWorks Animation's latest family crowd pleaser, held on to third spot with $13.2 million, followed by action sequel "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," with $10.8 million.

"Evil Dead," a reinvention of Sam Raimi's cult 1981 film about a group of friends hunted by demons in the woods, dropped from first to fifth place in its second weekend with $9.5 million.

In sixth place was the 3D re-release of Steven Spielberg's 1993 dinosaur classic "Jurassic Park," which took in $8.8 million.

Action thriller "Olympus Has Fallen," a tale of terrorism and a kidnapped president in the US capital starring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman, slipped two places to seventh with $7.3 million in box office receipts.

In eighth, Walt Disney's 3D fantasy adventure flick "Oz the Great and Powerful" earned $4.9 million. This was the blockbuster's sixth week in theaters, for a grand total topping $219 million so far.

"Tyler Perry's Temptation," a sultry thriller starring Vanessa Williams and Kim Kardashian, dropped from sixth to ninth place, with $4.5 million in ticket sales.

And rounding out the top 10, from 15th place a week ago, was "The Place Beyond the Pines," starring Oscar nominees Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper as a motorcycle stunt-rider turned bank-robber and an ambitious rookie cop. The film earned $4.1 million in ticket sales.

Final figures are due out Monday.

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