42 scored the best opening day ever for a baseball movie, while Scary Movie 5 showed some franchises are better left dead.
The Jackie Robinson biopic debuted to an estimated $9.1 million from 3,003 locations on Friday. That's easily the best start ever for a baseball movie ahead of The Benchwarmers ($6.8 million) and Moneyball ($6.7 million). Assuming it has normal drops—and with an "A+" CinemaScore, there's no reason to expect otherwise—the movie is on pace for around $25 million for the three-day frame, which would make it the first baseball movie ever to open north of $20 million.
In second place, Scary Movie 5 tanked with $5.5 million at 3,402 theaters. That sets a new low for the Scary Movie franchise behind Scary Movie 2 ($7.2 million), and is off 71 percent from Scary Movie 4's $19 million opening day at the same time in 2006. Finally, it's noticeably lower than January horror spoof A Haunted House ($6.8 million), which didn't have any brand recognition. For the weekend, Scary Movie 5 is on pace to earn around $13 million.
Falling in line with the horror movie standard, Evil Dead plummeted 73 percent to an estimated $3.2 million on its second Friday. The remake has now grossed $35.2 million.
DreamWorks Animation's The Croods fell 49 percent to an estimated $3.05 million yesterday. To date, the animated hit has earned $132.4 million, and it's now trailing How to Train Your Dragon by over $10 million. G.I. Joe: Retaliation took fifth place with an estimated $2.9 million, which is a 54 percent decline from last Friday. Through 16 days, the movie has earned $94.5 million, and should inch past $100 million by the end of the weekend. Jurassic Park 3D dropped 66 percent to an estimated $2.4 million. That's not as bad as Phantom Menace 3D (78 percent), but it's also noticeably worse than Titanic 3D (53 percent). Jurassic Park 3D has so far earned $25.5 million.