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Good news for “Black Panther” fans. Earlier this year Morris Chestnut hinted that he was in the running for “Black Panther”. Now a new name has emerged. Chadwick Boseman, star of “42”, the baseball film about Jackie Robinson, which is proving to be very successful at the box office, is reportedly on the short list land the role. It wouldn’t be as surprising as you think. Marvel took a gamble on Robert Downey Jr. for “Iron Man”, cast Chris Hemsworth as “Thor”  when all he was known for was being Kirk’s dad on “Star Trek” and cast Chris Pratt from “Parks and Recreation” in “Guardians of the Galaxy”. The fact that they are considering actors is very good news for fans.

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$38.1 million might not seem that high. But for actor Tom Cruise, “Obliviion” opened to that number and it’s a significant one. That’s Cruise’s highest opening for any movie since “Mission Impossible III” way back in 2006. There’s a little asterisk here because “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” would have been higher, but the studio showed it in IMax a week earlier than its wide release date, but this is still big. The film, which also stars Morgan Freeman, is also a solid opening for director Joseph Kosinski (“Tron: Legacy”). Of course, it didn’t have any new competition, which allowed “42”, with Harrison Ford, to earn $18 million. The Jackie Robinson biopic now has earned $54.1 million.

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Only one new major release this weekend as Tom Cruise returns to theaters in “Oblivion”. Cruise’s “Minority Report” is a fan favorite and was successful last decade. Can “Oblivion” live up to those expectations?

Cruise is coming off of “Jack Reacher”, which underperformed at the box office. But this one is an ambitious sci fi epic from the look of the trailers and the film is clearly looking to bring in summer sized audiences. Joseph Kosinski (“Tron: Legacy”) is directing and so far reviews have been OK, praising the visuals and Cruise, but criticizing the story. That could spell trouble in the long run because sci fi films tend to live or die based on whether its story can stand up to the action and special effects. Still, its opening weekend should be sizable given the lack of sci fi films like this in recent months. The promise of action and intrigue will be enough to get the sci fi die hards out in large numbers. Universal has had success in April with “Fast and Furious” and “Fast Five” both doing big business in the month, so while this one won’t reach astronomical numbers, expect a strong opening. The biggest worrisome thing is there were plans to release the film a week early in IMax to build word-of-mouth buzz. But those plans were cancelled, which in my mind means the studio realized it didn’t have a great film on its hands.

Opening weekend: $40-45 million

Expect “42”, the film about Jackie Robinson to hold extremely well and earn about $20 million in its second weekend.

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Critics may not have been in love with the film, but the Jackie Robinson biopic “42” performed well. The film opened at No. 1 earning $27.7 million, by far the highest opening for a baseball movie. And it received an A+ score from audiences, meaning it could have great legs. The film stars Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie, Christopher Meloni, Andre Holland, Lucas Black, Hamish Linklater, Ryan Merriman and T.R. Knight,

“Scary Movie V” opened in second place with less than half the opening weekend of “Scary Movie 4”. Despite featuring Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan, the film opened to $15 million, even lower than Marlon Wayans “A Haunted House”.

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A week after “Evil Dead” comes the return of the horror spoof comedy that started it all, “Scary Movie V”. And just in time for baseball season comes “42”. Which will come out on top?

Back in 2000, “Scary Movie” surprised a lot of people grossing more than $150 million. Fast forward to 2013 and spoof movies…frankly are worse in quality and, for studios, worse in box office receipts. Marlon Wayans (Formerly from the Scary Movie franchise) saw “A Haunted House” open to $18 million and finish with $40 million. “Scary Movie 5” has seen franchise vets like Anna Faris move on but Simon Rex is back and Ashley Tisdale is joining him. Plus there’s those appearances from Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan. Still, it’s tough to see this faring any better.

Opening weekend: $15-20 million

I’m surprised its being released now, but “42”, the story of Jackie Robinson hits theaters as well. It has Oscar bait written all over it, though reviews haven’t been that enthusiastic. “Moneyball”, which starred Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, was very successful, opening to $19 million on its way to more than $75 million. But that was in the height of Oscar season. I’m not sure people will flock to see this one. Harrison Ford has been heavily prominent in marketing, but let’s face it, other than the universally hated “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”, what’s the last hit he’s had?

Opening weekend: $10-15 million

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New trailer for “42”

On the heels of a featurette released earlier this week, here’s the second trailer for “42” starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford.

The film is about Jackie Robinson and also stars Christopher Meloni, Jon Bernthal, Alan Tudyk and John C. McGinley.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

 

Featurette on “42”

Here’s a featurette on the upcoming film “42” starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford.

The film is about Jackie Robinson and comes out this April. Looks like one to check out!

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.