Sunday, April 09, 2006


The Benchwarmers hits a home run

The Benchwarmers — the baseball comedy featuring David Spade, Rob Schneider and Jon Heder — scored $20.5 million at the box office this past weekend. It was the biggest opening ever for a baseball movie (topping The Rookie).

Since I've yet to see The Benchwarmers, I can't comment on the film, though says it "mine(s) similar pain-driven underdog laughs as DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story." Sounds like my kind of flick. Plus, it's written by Allen Covert and Nick Swardson, the same team that brought us the stoner comedy Grandma's Boy earlier this year. Adam Sandler's company Happy Madison produced both films.

According to, the top-5 grossing baseball movies since 1982 are:

1. A League of Their Own (1992) $107.5
2. The Rookie (2002) $75.6
3. Field of Dreams (1989) $64.4
4. Rookie of the Year (1993) $53.6
5. Bull Durham (1988) $50.9

For the complete list of top-grossing baseball movies: CLICK HERE

When did Bad News Bears come out? I always thought that was a classic, back when the little league coach could have a cooler of beers in the dugout...
by the way-Wagner is still not lights out...
"Bad News Bears" came out in 1976...
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