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“Moneyball” earns $20.6 million in strong opening weekend

Sep 26, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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“Moneyball” looks like a mini-hit, as the movie made $20.6 million in its opening weekend while narrowly finishing behind “The Lion King 3D” ($22.1 million) and ahead of “Dolphin Tale” ($20.3 million) at the box office.

Claude Brodesser-Akner of New York Magazine places “Moneyball” among the “weekend winners” and reports that the audience was evenly split between males and females while 64 percent of the people who saw the movie during its first three days at the theater were over 35 years old.

“Moneyball” has a 94 percent “fresh” rating at Rotten Tomatoes–my review was also positive, but with some caveats–so presumably it’ll have a pretty decent shelf life beyond the solid opening week. With a budget under $50 million it should turn a significant profit pretty easily.

All of which is why Calcaterra and I will be pitching “HardballTalk: The Movie” to various Hollywood studios later this week. And by “pitching” I actually mean “wasting time on Google Chat talking about which far-too-good-looking actors should play us.”

My preferred choices are Don Cheadle or Jonah Hill, assuming the latter is willing to put all the weight he lost back on for the role. Calcaterra will be played by the long-deceased Telly Savalas, obviously.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Sep 26, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    How about Vin Diesel?

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 26, 2011 at 1:02 PM

      I’m sure he could easily do the bubble pipe and the bathrobe. The man did the bottle formula and baby thing already, this would be a cinch.

    • kopy - Sep 26, 2011 at 1:36 PM

      Thinking along the tough-guy/bald-guy styling, Jason Statham is another obvious choice.

  2. APBA Guy - Sep 26, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    I’d be careful about the profit call so soon. Movies tend to drop about 40-50% in business in the second week after their open, and marketing cost is typically equal to the shooting budget (there is variability there), so the movie might have to do over
    $ 100m to show a profit.

    http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=moneyball.htm

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