The Jackie Robinson baseball dramaÃ‚Â 42Ã‚Â exceeded industry expectations on Friday, grossing $9.1 million during its first day in theaters. The film, a $40 million production from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, swung harder than other recent baseball flicks likeÃ‚Â MoneyballÃ‚Â andÃ‚Â Trouble with the Curve, which grossed $6.7 million and $4.2 million on their opening days, respectively.
Notably,Ã‚Â 42Ã‚Â earned a rare Ã¢â‚¬Å“A+Ã¢â‚¬Â CinemaScore grade from polled audiences, thereby joining the ranks of fellow crowd-pleasers likeÃ‚Â The Help,Ã‚Â Tangled,Ã‚Â The Blind Side, andÃ‚Â Titanic. Strong word-of-mouth should drive business on Saturday and Sunday Ã¢â‚¬â€ the film will likely earn about $27 million in its first three days Ã¢â‚¬â€ and also in the weeks to come. Warner Bros. just may have a grand slam hit on its hands. Read more