Fox reports that DreamWorks' Home shocked with a huge $15.6 million opening day yesterday, easily distancing itself in first place. The first-day figure represents a 34 percent improvement over The Croods' first day two years ago ($11.65 million) and 95 percent stronger than last year's Mr. Peabody & Sherman ($8.02 million). Despite a generic title and DreamWorks' wavering reputation over the past few years, Home was able to capitalize on voice talent that appeals to young and old audiences alike with Jim Parsons, Rihanna, and Steve Martin taking center stage. While early word of mouth isn't much to write home about (68 percent audience score, 48 percent critic score), the minimal number of family options in theaters right now should help the flick enjoy a healthy lifespan. BoxOffice projects a stunning $58 million opening weekend.
Warner Bros. reports that Get Hard bowed to a strong $12.91 million in second place on Friday. The Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy superstar team-up opened in line with the likes of The Other Guys ($13.1 million opening day), Blades of Glory ($12.4 million), and just 10 percent behind Ride Along ($14.4 million). With few successful comedies in the market over recent months, the teaming proved to be an irresistible one for Ferrell and Hart fans. Unfortunately, early word of mouth isn't positive: the film registered a lackluster "B" CinemaScore, while the Rotten Tomatoes audience has given it a disappointing 66 percent rating through Saturday morning (on top of critics' 33 percent). Even still, BoxOffice is projecting a hearty $34.5 million opening weekend.
The Divergent Series: Insurgent posted $6.85 million in third place yesterday, down 68 percent from its first day last Friday. That drop is slightly sharper than Divergent's 64 percent second Friday drop last year, and puts Insurgent at an eight-day total of $71.2 million (about 7.5 percent behind Divergent). BoxOffice projects $21.6 million for its sophomore frame.
Disney's Cinderella was off 50 percent from last Friday to $4.73 million yesterday. With $137.24 million in the bank domestically, the film is eyeing a third weekend total around $17.5 million.
Buzzy horror hit It Follows cracked the top five and pulled $1.4 million on Friday as it expanded into semi-wide release across 1,218 screens for an $1,160 per-theater average. That gives the flick $2.15 million in all so far. BoxOffice projects $4.5 million this weekend.
|#||Title||Sat, Apr. 15 2006||Locations||Avg.||Total||Wks.||Dist.|
|1||Scary Movie 4||$13,443,003||-29%||3,602||--||$3,732||$32,460,572||1||Weinstein / Dimension|
|2||Ice Age: The Meltdown||$7,404,219||-7%||3,873||-96||$1,912||$142,559,488||3||Fox|
|3||The Benchwarmers||$3,597,015||-12%||3,282||8||$1,096||$33,672,019||2||Sony / Columbia|
|6||Take the Lead||$2,502,578||0%||3,009||0||$832||$20,827,764||2||New Line|
|7||Thank You for Smoking||$1,869,253||19%||1,015||716||$1,842||$10,492,854||5||Fox Searchlight|
|8||Lucky Number Slevin||$1,827,052||12%||1,989||5||$919||$13,007,586||2||MGM / Weinstein|
|9||Failure to Launch||$1,022,658||6%||1,950||-666||$524||$82,562,987||6||Paramount|
|10||V for Vendetta||$851,013||10%||1,380||-623||$617||$65,446,893||5||Warner Bros.|