The baseball-themed CG-animated feature film Everyone’s Hero gets a big release from 20th Century Fox this weekend, taking a swing at box office success in nearly 2,900 theaters across North America. Though it’s the latest in a long string of animated family flicks to arrive this year, the Starz Media (formerly IDT Ent.) production is special for being actor Christopher Reeve’s final project as director. His wife, actress Dana Reeve, also worked on the film up until her untimely passing.
Co-directed by Colin Brady and Dan St. Pierre, Everyone’s Hero is described as a heartwarming comedy that tells the story of Yankee Irving, a young boy who makes a is thousand-mile trek to return Babe Ruth’s stolen bat and help the New York Yankees win the World Series. The period piece features the voices of Rob Reiner, Whoopi Goldberg, William H. Macy, Forest Whitaker, Brian Dennehy, Richard Kind, Raven-Symone, Mandy Patinkin, Robert Wagner, Jake T. Austin, Ed Helms and Dana Reeve. Although the film’s initial reviews have been less than kind, the CG feature should do OK with the younger set until Sony Animation’s Open Season knocks the winds out of its sails on September 29.
Everyone’s Hero arrives in theaters along with another sports-themed flick, Sony Pictures’ and Columbia Pictures’ The Gridiron Gang. Starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as a counselor who starts a football program at a juvenile detention center, the film will look to mirror the success of Disney’s Invincible, another inspiration football story that opened at No. 1 four weeks ago and has earned $46.6 million.
Also opening in wide release today are Universal’s true crime thriller, The Black Dahlia, and Paramount/DreamWorks’ Zach Braff drama, The Last Kiss. Sneaking in nearly 800 theaters on Saturday is The Guardian, a Coast Guard drama which stars Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher and a whole lot of CG water, wild weather and other visual effects provided by Furious FX, Flash Film Works, Digital Dream and Pixel Magic. The film opens nationwide on Sept. 29.