Moneyball this date in 2011, the movie Moneyball debuted in U.S. theaters. The movie, about the statistics-based approach to putting together a team, earned $19.5 million in its opening weekend, finishing second after the 3D release of The Lion King. Overall, Moneyball earned $75.6 million in the United States and Canada and an additional $34.6 million in the rest of the world.

The movie was nominated for 73 awards, including six Academy Awards. It won the following:

  • African-American Film Critics Association award for Best Song, “The Show”
  • Alliance of Women Film Journalists, Best Adapted Screenplay
  • American Film Institute Movie of the Year
  • BMI Awards’ Film Music Award
  • Chicago Film Critics Association, Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Gold Derby Awards, Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Detroit Film Critics Society, Best Screenplay
  • Golden Trailer Awards, Best Music TV Spot
  • National Society of Film Critic Awards, Best Actor (Brad Pitt)
  • New York Film Critics Circle – (1) Best Actor, Brad Pitt; and (2) Best Screenplay
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival, Desert Palm Achievement Award for Acting (Brad Pitt)
  • San Diego Film Critics Society, Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Toronto Film Critics Association, Best Screenplay

Not bad for a baseball movie! I think I’ll have to re-watch it this week.

~ baseballrebecca