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'42' wins big at the box office

April 15, 2013NewsComments
'42' wins big at the box office

New movie "42," the biopic of legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson, offers a look into the struggles and hatred Robinson had to overcome as the first black man to play professional baseball in America, and it does so in a way that people young and old will enjoy.

It seems both baseball and Robinson fans alike did find the topic interesting - the film took the number one spot  at the box office this weekend, earning a cool $23.7 million in its first week. BET reports "42" beat out other fan favorites including "Scary Movie 5" and the indie flick "The Place Behind the Pines," starring Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes. 

According to Time magazine, producer Thomas Tull and the film's writer and director, Brian Helgeland, recruited Robinson's widow Rachel to help with the accuracy of the movie. Baseball took a chance on Robinson back in 1947, and Helgeland did the same when he cast relatively-unknown actor Chadwick Boseman to play the baseball star on the big screen.

The risk certainly paid off for Boseman as it did for Robinson.

Did you see "42"?  Do you think the film was true to what Robinson went through when he first started playing baseball?

April 15, 2013NewsComments