April 15th marks the day 66 years ago that Jackie Robinson broke the baseball color line and became the first African American to play on a major sports team. Over the weekend, 42—a biopic about the Baseball Hall of Famer and Civil Rights pioneer—was released into theaters. It’s unclear why it’s taken so long for the studios to undertake a movie about Jackie, but baseball and cinephiles scored a rare hit with the picture as the Jackie Robinson tale took in $27.3 million to claim the weekend box-office, according to studio estimates.
America’s favorite biopic has yet to open overseas, which can be pinned on the fact that baseball is a hard sell to international audiences. Here, 12 Questions You Should Ask About 42.