How '42' Hit It Out of the Box-Office Ballpark (Video)

Todd Cunningham
The Wrap

When Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. team on movies, it's often on blockbusters like "300," "The Dark Knight" or "The Hangover." The Jackie Robinson baseball movie "42," a passion project for Legendary chief executive Thomas Tull, isn't going to ring up the box office grosses those films did. But after its $27 million debut over the weekend, it's clearly a hit.

The production budget was around $38 million, and it looks like it will be in theaters for some time after garnering a rare "A+" CinemaScore from opening night audiences. There's not a lot of adult-themed competition in the marketplace. 

That said, distributor Warner Bros. would love to see the family-friendly and PG-13-rated "42" catch on with a younger crowd; 85 percent of its first-weekend audience was older than 25 years of age. Marketing that features Jay Z's ""Brooklyn We Go Hard" is part of that push.

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