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Will 'Moneyball' be in the money?

There was concern in some quarters that film critics – a group not traditionally known for their passionate sports fandom – would discount the charms of “Moneyball,’’ what with its focus on on-base percentage.

Instead, most reviews have been strongly positive, including Newsday’s own Rafer Guzman, who gave it 3½ stars.

There still is a question, though, about how marketable the film will be, even with Brad Pitt displayed prominently in every ad and on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

This weekend will go a long way toward answering that, but even in their wildest dreams the filmmakers do not expect to challenge last year’s Michael Lewis book adaptation, “The Blind Side.’’

That film has grossed $256 million dollars, the most ever for a sports movie without adjusting for inflation.

“Moneyball” also will be hard-pressed to challenge the top-grossing baseball movie, 1992’s “A League of Their Own,’’ at $107.5 million.

The top five baseball movies, according to Box Office

1. “A League of Their Own’’ (107.5M); 2. “The Rookie’’ ($75.6M); 3. “Field of Dreams’’ (“64.4M); 4. “The Benchwarmers’’ ($59.8M); 5. “Rookie of the Year’’ ($53.6M).


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