Baseball legend Jackie Robinson is still hitting it big — this time, at the box office.
“42”, the eagerly anticipated new film about Robinson’s integration of Major League Baseball, took in $27.3 million over the weekend. Sports films have often been a somewhat tough sell at the box offices, but Robinson’s biopic offers new hope. “Jackie Robinson is making history all over again!” Gitesh Pandya, head of Boxofficeguru.com, told the New York Daily News. “This was the best opening in history for a baseball movie.”
The film, starring newcomer Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and Harrison Ford as Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey, had some fans on edge. As I wrote last week at Colorlines.com, Robinson left behind a complex political legacy that goes beyond his one heroic act of breaking baseball’s color barrier.