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'42': Its success tells us something surprising about what audiences want

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I’m always interested when a movie dramatically surpasses box office expectations – not for what it says about the film, but for what it says about the audience. In the case of 42, the Jackie Robinson biopic that smashed the opening-weekend record for a baseball movie and is now looking, this weekend, to continue that hot streak, the reasons for the film’s success might seem to be obvious.

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