New in Theaters: '42,' 'Scary Movie 5'

Posted 8:06 AM April 12th, 2013 by Logan Falk
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Today introduces two new releases that could not be more incongruous—one is a heartwarming based-on-a-true-story film about overcoming adversity, standing by what you believe in (even if it’s insanely unpopular), letting your actions speak louder than your words, etc. The other is the fifth installment in a B-list comedy franchise that simply refuses to die.

Coming out today is 42, a film adaptation of the near-legendary story of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American baseball player, and the difficulties he overcame to become one of the most famous baseball players ever.

Rotten Tomatoes currently rates the film at 73%; some argue that the film is a little safe, in terms of the whole downtrodden-hero-facing-adversity genre, but most agree that it is a worthy, uplifting film nonetheless, and certainly worth watching. HSX estimates its weekend gross at between $19.5 million and $23 million.

Also entering theaters is another sequel to a series everyone thought had run its course: Scary Movie 5. That’s right, the parody movie franchise that foundered on attempted parodies of other genres (such as romantic comedy, action, superhero films, etc.) is back from the grave with this gem of a sequel, based on the recent surge of found footage-style horror films. At the moment, there is no clear consensus on Rotten Tomatoes; however, given that it’s a Scary Movie sequel, one can’t expect much. Weekend revenues are estimated at $15-$17.5 million.

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