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SBD/September 26, 2011/Media
"Moneyball" Has Best Opening Weekend For Any Baseball Film
Published September 26, 2011
TWO THUMBS UP: ROTTENTOMATOES.com found that 91% of audience members "liked" the movie. Its average audience rating on the site is 4.2 out of five stars (THE DAILY). In L.A., Amy Kaufman writes Brad Pitt’s “performance is already being buzzed about by awards pundits,” and based on findings from Las Vegas-based market research firm CinemaScore, “those who saw the film also seemed to like it, giving the movie an average grade of A.” Execs at Sony “are hopeful the strong score means the film will gross four to five times what it made this weekend by the end of its run in theaters” (L.A. TIMES, 9/26). But despite a successful opening, the film "will be hard pressed to challenge" the all-time top grossing baseball movie, "A League of Their Own," at $107.5M. Rounding out the top five highest-grossing baseball movies are "The Rookie" ($75.6M), "Field Of Dreams" ($64.4M), "The Benchwarmers" ($59.8M) and "Rookie of the Year" ($53.6M) (NEWSDAY.com, 9/23).
MANAGING EXPECTATIONS: Former A's manager Art Howe spoke to SiriusXM Radio's Chris Russo about his portrayal in the film. Howe: "It's disappointing. I spent my whole career trying to build a good reputation and I think I did that but this movie certainly doesn't help it. And it is definitely unfair and untrue. If you ask any player that ever played for me they would say that they never saw this side of me." Howe is played by Philip Seymour Hoffman in the film (NEWSDAY.com, 9/24).