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Brad Pitt: 'Moneyball' Tops Friday Box Office

Brad Pitt: 'Moneyball' Tops Friday Box Office

Brad Pitt shoots scenes for his upcoming movie World War Z on Saturday evening (September 24) at the Heygate Estate in London, England.

The 47-year-old actor was joined by his co-star Mireille Enos to dodge exploding cars and zombies in the scene.

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Brad‘s new film Moneyball is a hit at the box office and came in number one on Friday with $6.8 million. The Lion King 3D is expected to take the overall weekend once again.

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    ‘Moneyball’ a hit, fit for all audiences
    Posted on Sep 24, 2011 by Jon Alba

    Films that hit bumps in the road during production often end up spiraling into the infinite wormhole of forgotten flops. Thankfully for movie-goers, Bennett Miller’s “Moneyball” did the exact opposite, establishing itself as one of the best installments of 2011.

    “Moneyball” is more than a sports film. It is a movie about the art of achieving success through uncustomary methods, even with the odds heavily favored toward the opposition. Also, it finds a way to add a touching human element that many will find captivating, as they not only see a man fight for his job, but also battle his own faith in his work.

    The movie based on the Michael Lewis book delves into how Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane aims to keep his under-funded squad in championship contention, while the richer, larger market teams such as the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox utilize their cash flow to buy success.

    Portraying Beane is Brad Pitt, who delivers an Oscar-worthy performance as the failed minor league prodigy-turned front office executive. Joining him is Jonah Hill as Peter Brand, a young college graduate who Beane finds working for the Cleveland Indians as a stat manager.

    Together, Beane and Brand determine that the best way to compete is to not buy players, but instead, buy runs through in-depth statistical analysis referred to as sabermetrics.

    The chemistry between Pitt and Hill is undeniably enjoyable, and at the same time, extremely comical. Their bond is challenged by Philip Seymour Hoffman as Art Howe, the A’s manager, who is adamant about his disapproval of their unconventional way to build a club.

    But what makes for an interesting sub-plot is Beane’s relationship with his daughter Casey (Kerris Dorsey), who perfectly complements Billy’s “occasional” temper tantrums. The arc brings a sentimental aspect to a story that may at first only appeal to sports fans.

    Featured is the 2002 campaign of the A’s and their remarkable run to the postseason despite the lack of faith in Beane’s methods. Baseball junkies will pleasantly reminisce as they see names from the past such as Scott Hatteberg and David Justice, and be delighted as memorable in-game scenes are reproduced.

    Miller does a tremendous job at capturing the irony behind Beane’s madness. He manages to romanticize the trailblazer-like character of Beane and his accomplishments despite the fact that his practices actually take away from what many perceive to be as the purity of baseball. Baseball is not supposed to be a numbers game, but Miller makes the audience forget that fact through excellent directing.

    Overall, the movie exceeds its purpose of presenting a story about a baseball team overcoming obstacles, and provides much more in the process. Many of the technical aspects of the book are simplified, which makes it more understandable for a wider audience.

    With a captivating cast and a well-written script, “Moneyball” not only hits a home run, but wins a batting title in the process.

  • Jen the hag

    The total is only for ONE DAY… Jenhagssure got problem with READING COMPREHENSION….. wait for the weekend total next week braindead FUGLYHENS!!

  • Passing Through

    I just got back from seeing Moneyball – Fantastic movie! Loved it, loved it, loved! Now THAT is a “movie star” performance. I remember one reviewer said that it was classic old school Redford or Newman and ITA. As much as Brad looks like Redford it was more of a Newman-ish performance – tossing off one-liners with complete irreverence. Actually, I take that back – it was little of both. It was like watching Newman and Redford in Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid – only Brad was playing both Butch AND the Sundance Kid. Well done, Bradley. Jonah HIll was really good, too. I like the restraint he showed because it would have been so easy to make Peter Brad a bit flashier and portray him as a kind of statistics savant. Ditto with PSH. He can sometimes be too maniacal in his performances to me, so to see him tone it down as Art Howe was nice. I also see why the women’s roles were mainly cut from the movie. It really didn’t fit the tone of the movie to see that much of Billy’s personal life. It would have changed the entire POV of the movie, so that was a good decision by Bennett Miller.
    Also, I went to a 1pm showing and the theater was half-full and the audience was mixed. I saw one group of elderly ladies – there were 5 of them. In front of me was a group of college-age boys – about 6 of them and they cackled through the movie like it was a frat-boy flick. The movie IS funny in places, but you could tell these guys were sports freaks (most of them had on St. Louis Cardinals hats) and really got the jokes. I also saw several 30-something couples and quite a few older men in the audience. It was a good mix of people and everyone really seemed to enjoy the movie. I think it helps that it doesn’t play like a baseball movie. Even though you already know the outcome for the A’s it wasn’t disappointing to see their journey – and to see how a handful of guys revolutionized the way baseball teams are put together. The fact that richer teams then stole their model was inevitable. Darwinism and carnivores – that’s always going to lead to the smallest guy being lunch for the big guys. Or as Billy put it – the teams wth less money are like farm teams to the Yankes and BoSox – they develop the talent and Yankees come along with big bucks and steal them away. C’est la vie.

  • Catherine

    I am really proud that Brad has become a brilliant actor who always picks great quality and meaningful projects. Moneyball projects to be best opening weekend box office for a baseball movie. Brad can do anything.

  • Media Wh@re MANiston

    Flopflopflopflop @ 09/24/2011 at 11:20 pm

    I wouldn’t call the Twilight boy, Robert De Niro, Jason Statham, Clive Owen.

  • thelookoflove1365

    Hi vicki, yeah it is a good movie. Worth my time and money and Brad very good in this movie. I must admit that when he was first shooting it, I was not too excited about it; well you know because it is a movie about sport.
    Another plus, Brad is very handsome. Lucky angie.

  • ladyboy iz his name

    60% of monkeyball viewers were over the age of 50.

  • Catherine

    I am really proud that Brad has become a brilliant actor who always picks great quality and meaningful projects. Moneyball projects to be best opening weekend box office for a baseball movie. Brad can do anything.

  • trolp

    @an oldie: after all the good review he still flopped. brad pitt is a HAS BEEN. no body cares about him anymore lol

  • IT WAS BORING! sorry

    God you JP idiots are easily amused and entertained.

  • thelma

    Trolls are DELUSIONAL…..a movie is certified 93 pc fresh, has one of the biggest openings for a sports movie ever, top critics love it and single out Brad Pitt who is in almost every scene as pivotal to the success of the movie, Oscar buzz has started and the trolls say Brad and the movie are a failure? I think they are in a parallel universe. Incredible …

  • bdj

    flasandollar catherine sarvis
    For the love of the game. Go see the moneyball!
    1 minute ago

    Curtis Silva
    N8ivpride707 Curtis Silva
    Just saw moneyball and its a must see movie

    3 minutes ago
    Brian Erni
    brianerni Brian Erni
    moneyball was a work of art. masterful in essentially every way.

    megan_taylor Megan Taylor Wilkes
    Field of dreams was the greatest baseball movie of all time… until moneyball.

  • haha

    @Passing Through: all this and it still flopped. nobody besides the loons like brad pitt. maybe because he is old and ugly

  • ladyboy iz his name

    @trolp: the old folks home cares about him lol senior citizens are his target fanbase


    @dianad1968 #39
    LoL at…. we will NEVER pay a red cent to see one f Ticky’s bombs.

    and I used to be a fan of JA, Friends only, I never liked her movies(waited for tv)and still couldn’t sit thru it.

  • hehehe

    The haters are loosing sh!t as predicted as Moneyball is doing great in box office and critics. hehehe.

  • old

    @ladyboy iz his name: @Passing Through: because his is an old frog thats why his fans are old diaper wearing people.

  • Hardley

    We know that’s Fridays total and its a huge fail for a movie that had no competition and is showing in a ton of theaters. Flop.

  • bdj

    Go watch Booty Hunter troll or go down memory lane when Gerry had the finger up the butt. McGreedy has big shoes to fill.

  • an oldie

    cr Moneyball Review

    Movie Review: MONEYBALL

    Moneyball is a 2011 dramatic film directed by Bennett Miller that tells the story of one game-changing year in the history of the Oakland Athletics franchise. After losing in the playoffs to the New York Yankees in 2001, A’s General Manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) is given the nearly impossible task of replacing some of his all-star talent with a budget that’s microscopic in comparison to some of the large market baseball teams. When he tries to utilize his scouts’ knowledge of the game, Billy realizes that the A’s are going to need a different approach if they want to compete with the big dogs. On a trip to Cleveland, he meets the young Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), a Yale economics graduate who keys Beane into the idea that there might be a computer-based way to create a championship team that the A’s could afford. Beane buys into the idea and shakes up the status quo, bringing in players his associates would normally deem useless. He faces a lot of opposition, especially from team manager Art Howe (Philip Seymour Hoffman), who elects not to play the athletes in the manner Beane wants them to be played. Despite some early-season troubles, however, the team manages to find a groove and goes on to find a certain level of success, ultimately changing the scouting process in Major League Baseball.

    There were a few reasons I wanted to see Moneyball. First and foremost, it stars Brad Pitt, who you may know to be one of my favorite actors to grace the silver screen (I’ll talk more about his performance momentarily). Second, it’s a sports movie, which in an of itself makes it an appealing flick for me. It’s difficult to make an outright terrible sports film because it’s so easy to get caught up in the emotion of a sporting event. When I heard that Moneyball was garnering some rather stellar reviews – it currently holds a 94% critic’s approval rating on – I knew I had to at least give it a shot. And let me tell you, I most assuredly was not disappointed.

    The story itself is rather basic, telling the tale of a year in the life of Billy Beane as he tries to reinvent the very process of creating a high-caliber sports team. At the same time, we’re catching glimpses of Beane’s personal life, and I for one thought the mesh between the two to be stellar. We’re getting the screenplay from Academy Award winners Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian, and from the moment the film starts, you know there’s something great about it. I found the strength of the screenplay to be its handling of conflict. On the one hand, we’re seeing the external conflict between Beane and basically everybody else who’s fighting him tooth and nail when it comes to his new system. On the other hand, we’re seeing the internal conflict with Beane himself as he struggles with his own feelings of low self-esteem and unworthiness that stems from his days playing in the major leagues.

    That’s where Pitt’s performance comes into play. While I’ve always found Pitt to be a great actor, I think it’s only in the last few years that he’s truly started to prove himself to the rest of the world that he can handle his own in a series of dramatic roles. For so long, he was simply the eye candy, and while he had early critical success (he scored an Academy Award nomination for his role in 1995’s Twelve Monkeys), I don’t think he’s really gotten the respect he deserves. It’s rare to hear his name being tossed into a group with the likes of Kevin Spacey or Daniel Day-Lewis, but I would posit here and now that Pitt is one of the finer actors of his generation. His role in Moneyball only solidifies my stance as he shows a wide range of emotion in completely becoming Billy Beane. And while we do get some great performances from our supporting cast – Hill and Hoffman are exceptionally good – this is really Pitt’s vehicle, and it should be viewed as such.

    I’d also like to tip my hat to Mychael Danna, who composed the score for this film. It definitely fit the tone of the movie, and it actually reminded me a lot of the soft-toned score that Explosions in the Sky created for 2004’s Friday Night Lights. Kudos, Mr. Danna.

    Overall, I think Moneyball is definitely worth, well, your money, if you feel so inclined to see it. There’s only so much I can say about a film’s acting and screenplay, but some films just have that “it” factor that’s so difficult to describe. Moneyball definitely has “it,” and as a result, we the audience are getting something rather wonderful.

  • flop idol

    So many people think bradbthought he was in a casino with George clooney during this movie. If he deserves an award for this movie then give him one for oceans 11 to 13

  • beat “Dolphin Tale” by 1.6m


  • Jen the hag

    Yeah Jenhens keep saying the movie is a flop bwahahahhahha you wish ,… NOT don’t worry about BRAD PITT there the producers and directors lining up for Brad Pitt to star in their movies and yeah BRAD is still choosing what to do next among the movies that being offered to him left and right. Oh yeah MANISTON is still have to auditioned and huvane knocking to every studios to get her a crap romcom..bhahahahhahah

  • karma

    @bdj: the nounty hunter with bad reviews opened better than this crap. wow pitt is going down the drain. first his baby momma (to his bio kids cuz the adopted kids are legally only angies) movie flops now him. old age is catching up to him quick. karma is a b1tch

  • lol

    The trollsl really should worry about their idol Ticky because 65 years Susan Sarandon looks hotter and younger then Ticky, Sarandon def is more talented then Ticky. lol

  • bdj

    Too funny troll. I see you are back spamming the thread. The name may change but the deranged writing remains the same. It is hard out there for a 15 cents a post troll.

  • small dingy

    we are not even sure if the supposedly biological kids are his or her brothers. i think they are angies brothers kids cuz brad dongy is to small to procreate.

  • Hardley

    Stop posting reviews you loons. They didn’t help Friday’s boxoffice and the numbers will go down from there. Flop.

  • Moneyball Review

    “Moneyball” Movie Review
    September 24, 2011

    When Brad Pitt stars in a movie, there is an automatic buzz in the air. Expectations are set high as avid movie watchers prepare themselves for a movie that not only provides entertainment but also substance of some sort. Pitt’s latest release stays true to his track record and provides audiences with exactly what they are waiting for.

    There’s no use fighting clichés, because lets face it; there’s a reason they work. “Moneyball” (directed by Bennet Miller) based on a true story, is the classic sports film. It tells the story in a way that appeals to human emotions while still staying true to the sport at hand.

    Though essentially a story about a man who changes the way the world plays baseball, “Moneyball” is also a story about a struggle. No one makes sports movies about perfect people who have it easy, because well that’s just not very interesting. Audiences are drawn to tragedies, chaos, and inner turmoil. Pitt’s character, Billy Beane, faces the struggle of fighting the system.

    Beane is the general manager of the Oakland A’s, a low budget professional baseball team. Without sufficient funds, he is unable to retain his strong players and loses them to teams who are able to pay much higher salaries. Bogged down by his own unsuccessful past career as a professional baseball player and failed marriage life, Beane struggles to find a way towards success. After meeting Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), a recently graduated Harvard student with fresh new outlook on the way baseball should be played, Beane fights against the odds to create a new winning formula. Pete teaches him that winning isn’t about having the strongest players; it’s about having the right puzzle pieces to create the overall desired effect. He uses a computer-generated analysis to choose new players on the team with the hopes that the new formula will help them beat the odds.

    Pitt is the perfect choice for the character of Billy Beane; it’s as if this role was created for him. He plays the part to the tee and carries a majority of the weight of the movie’s success. The chemistry between Beane and Pete adds comic relief and creates many memorable moments throughout the movie, especially when the movie starts to get dry and sport heavy at parts.

    Though the movie could have been edited a more thoroughly to get the story out in a more concise and less lengthy manner, it is still worth the time to watch on the big screen. The true story of Billy Beane is powerful and inspirational, and Brad Pitt does him justice. Audiences will walk away with a whole new understanding and appreciation of baseball not only as a sport but also as a grueling business. If nothing else about the movie does it for you, watch it for the 133 minutes of Brad Pitt.

  • an oldie

    # 471 Moneyball Fever! @ 09/24/2011 at 11:04 pm +2

    christwofour26 Wow. Moneyball was even better watching the second time! #isdvdoutyet? @stephencbishop @JonahHill @prattprattpratt


    4lisaguerrero @stephencbishop JUST saw it 2day (couldn’t see it in Oakland cuz I had 2 work) & thought you were GREAT-Yr scene in the cage w Brad= Perfect

  • vickifromtexas

    # 74 karma @ 09/24/2011 at 11:34 pm
    karma is brad’s movie doing great at the box office.
    karma is angelina taking her little boy on an airplane ride and x taking her little boy to purchase art.

  • suckers

    @Jen the hag: when bounty hunter opened to 7+ mili you called it a flop but this movie could not beat a cartoon. mind you lion king came out last week and brad still is defeated lol.

  • Jess

    PT, completely agree with you that.Brad gave a movie star performance. He dominated the screen with charisma and energy.

  • bdj

    krazy_kenny9 Kenny Begaye III
    Great movie #Moneyball!!
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    Moneyball a metaphor for life! Great movie!!nny9 Kenny Begaye III
    Great movie #Moneyball!!
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    Ludovic_Dumas Ludovic Dumas
    Loved Moneyball.

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    Jessica Green
    Samus_Aran_ Jessica Green
    Moneyball was a very good movie Brad Pitt, amazing.

  • an oldie

    cr Moneyball Review

    Review: “Moneyball”
    Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 9:38PM

    Moneyball is an instant contradiction, a fine humanistic film championing an innovative but dehumanizing method of team-building, reducing all star athletes to statistical equations. The film has two stories to tell, that of a middle-aged man finally making his mark on the game he was supposed to rule in his youth, and the reinvention of baseball management to achieve a more equitable playing field with or without mega-funds.

    The story begins after a disheartening loss for the Oakland Athletics. The humiliation is compounded by the loss of three star players who the A’s don’t have sufficient money to replace. General Manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) butts heads with owners trying to get more money and with his own management staff who are entirely resistant to innovative thinking. Enter young economics / statistics master Peter Brand (Jonah Hill moving up to the majors?) who frees up Billy’s mind with his theories on why so many players are over and undervalued. They begin to make controversial and provocative changes which mystify or anger the baseball powers that be including their own team’s manager Art (well played by Philip Seymour Hoffman).

    There’s a smart visual well into Moneyball’s first act in which huge banners of the A’s three lost stars are dropped from their places of honor crumpling as they hit the ground like the deflating egos of management. Billy takes the leap of faith with Peter and they rebuild with new players, a team of misfit toys, who are all undervalued (or not valued at all). Shortly afterwards, when we see the stadium again, there is only one banner trumpeting one of the League’s oldest fan-beloved players David Justice (Stephen Bishop) whose glory days are far behind him.

    Moneyball’s solid screenplay (by Oscar winners Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian) has a good joke at the expense of metaphors but I can’t resist this one. For all of Moneyball’s strengths, from a solid cast with vivid cameos (Reed Diamond from Dollhouse is superb in a one-scene face/off with Brad Pitt) to able and sharp direction (Bennett Miller of Capote fame) and editing (which skims veritable mountains of statistical information, old footage, and emotional backstory) it really all comes down to one star banner: Brad Pitt unfurled.

    “I’ve been in this game a long time.”

    Yes, you have Brad Pitt, yes you have.

    In his two decades of stardom, Pitt’s best work has generally happened within three types: weirdos he attacked with gleeful creative gusto (Tyler Durden, Jeffrey Goines, Chad Feldheimer), strutting men that basked in their own golden light (J.D., Rusty and Paul McLean), and family men with wounded machismo (Mr O’ Brien and Detective Mills); In Billy Beane, all of Pitt’s strengths coalesce as if he’d been in training for this one. He’s loosely idiosyncratic and funny (that goofy business after a “good talk” with the humorless Art is just wonderfully endearing detail), he harnesses his potent movie star charisma with weary grace playing a man who, unlike himself, didn’t live up to his golden boy promise, and in scene after scene but particularly when visiting with his teenage daughter, he lets his worried humanity show; he feels like a failure and this daring move is his last shot at glory.

    Brad Pitt’s shiny star turn is so good, in fact, that it neatly blinds you to the film’s minor flaws. No one, including the man himself, is reinventing the wheel here and for all the star light that Pitt gives off, the film doesn’t use any of it to fill in poorly lit corners. It raises but never addresses troubling side issues like what to do with the understandable revulsion that greets the dehumanization of players (exarcebated by so few of the players having distinct personalities) and it has a strange inability to flesh out the important side story of Art’s insistence on managing the team in opposition to Billy’s plans. The scene wherein Art finally capitulates to a different way of thinking would be a superb bit of economic storytelling in most films but here, given the underlit subplot, it feels like not enough as a wrap-up.

    Billy continually worries that all of his accomplishments will be dismissed if he loses the final game of the season. The film needn’t worry about the same thing. The final game here is a beautifully elongated nearly sports-free quietitude while Billy merely contemplates his options and a coda that works as a reprise of one of the sweetest earlier scenes with tenderness and even gently needling humor as the credits begin to roll. Late in the film we’re told “you can’t help but romanticize baseball” and it rang so true, even to me! I don’t know the first thing about baseball, nor do I care to, but I was nodding my head like some dreamer in the bleachers waiting to catch that fly ball.

  • plz

    Fans ignore the haters as if they know what is a good movie, considering their followers of crappy romcom tv actress. ignore

  • bdj

    an oldie
    Those tweets are great.

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  • dianad1968

    Sorry for the duplicate posts…I usually post again if I think the first post didn’t go through. JJ eems to have a “delay” feature.

  • Just Saying

    Maniston’s movies ain’t gonna be in Oscar nominations, not in the same level of Brad and Angelina movies. Not worthy to be mentioned.

  • karma

    @vickifromtexas: thank you for saying her lil boy because that kid is not brads. 6.7mili is good? ur in denial. brad pitt flopped really bad. not surprised because he is no shia lebouf haha

  • an oldie

    LOL. STOP posting the GOOD reviews. The troll can’t take it anymore. Hey troll, we know that if they were bad reviews, you would be here all day posting them. So why should we stop “laisser le bon temps rouler”?

  • Moneyball Review

    Fan review after watching MB.

  • Observer2

    Damn! I love it when the trolls lose their s h i t. And they’re losing it big time, right now.

    Good, good times.

    Brad’s going to the Kodak and not to be used as a so-called gimmick like Lenny.

    Lenny can’t even give a good performance presenting. LOL.

  • correction

    @Just Saying: romantic comedies dont get oscar nominations honey.. she already got an emmy and golden globe for her comedic chops. you go jen.

  • bdj

    illywatson3 Billy Watson
    Moneyball might be the greatest baseball film ever made.
    14 seconds ago Favorite Retweet Rep

  • Media Wh@re MANiston

    Awwwww, the trolls are piss & in pain again. How great is that. They are piss Brad called MANiston dull. They got more piss when Brad’s movie received great reviews. And now they are on suicide watch because Brad’s movie top Friday’s BO. I am afraid it will get worse when Sunday comes. There will be a mass trolls suicide.

  • Just Saying

    Oscar and emmy .LMAO. Not the same level dumbazz.

  • money ball flops

    brad pitt will never be an academy award winner. he cant go far with that his country accent lol. who is the king of box office flops? brad pitt is. from now on i will be calling him flipidy flop

  • Brad “Never Been Better”

    . He has never been better, and the movie is the best sports film since Bull Durham, a real triumph
    Working his way into the weekend, Brad Pitt was busy shooting a range of dramatic scenes on the Heygate Estate in Elephant and Castle, London on Friday night (September 23).

    The Golden Globe winning actor could be scene mingling with crew members in between filming segments which saw him shooting his way out of danger as cars exploded while zombies ran towards him – with one of the creatures even falling from above onto the roof of a car.

    The work efforts come as Pitt’s just-released movie “Moneyball” shot to the top of the box office by earning $6.7 million on opening day while expected to pull in $21 million during its first weekend in theaters.

    Of the 47-year-old’s baseball based flick, Deadline Hollywood’s Pete Hammond said, “This is a classic movie star role in the tradition of something that Robert Redford or Paul Newman would have done in their prime. He has never been better, and the movie is the best sports film since Bull Durham, a real triumph considering the long and winding road it took to get to the screen.”