’42’ Makes History, Snags Number One Spot At The Box Office!
This past weekend the highly anticipated, Brian Helgeland-directed Jackie Robinson biopic, 42 hit theaters and let’s just say that the story was a hit in more ways than one. According to Box Office Mojo, the biographical sports film debuted at the number one spot, grossing $27,250,000 during its opening weekend. The box office-topping flick made history as the best performing baseball film to ever be released in theaters, surpassing Benchwarmers (2006), Moneyball (2011) and Trouble with the Curve (2012), Entertainment Weekly reports.
42 was produced by Legendary Pictures and according to box office statistics, it was found to be very popular among mature moviegoers. 59% of ticket holders were above the age of 35. As many may have guessed, it was also found to be very popular among African-American audiences. All ten of the film’s top theaters were in “urban markets.” Warner Bros. also revealed that a surprising 52% of the opening weekend’s crowd was female.
42 star Chadwick Boseman shared in an interview with Vanity Fair last week that he felt very responsible to Jackie’s widow Rachel and that’s what helped him to focus on making sure “the truth” played out on screen through his character.
“I definitely felt the responsibility going into it. I felt more responsibility to [Jackie’s widow] Rachel Robinson than I did to anyone else. Everyone had their own opinions and reasons why he is a hero to them. People would meet me, call me, text me, e-mail me, Facebook-message me, and tell me, “I hear you’re playing my hero.” When that happens, you know that all of those people are going to have an opinion and feelings that you have to live up to. But I just thought, Let me just focus on the truth.”
Boseman also revealed that Rachel helped him to prepare for the role by giving him books and speaking to him about her relationship with Jackie.
“I started my preparation by going to talk to her. When you’re trying to tackle a hurricane, or something larger than life, I knew that the first thing I had to do was talk to her. She gave me some books. She sat me down on the couch and told me about their relationship and the rules that they set for themselves to get through the experience. That was a great start, because you are meeting someone who is still connected to him and you get a sense of him when you meet her. You see what kind of a man could actually stand by her. Who is this guy that she would fall for?”
It looks like his hard work paid off!
Did you check out 42 this weekend? What did you think of it?