Grosses

'Home' a Welcome Surprise with $52.1M; 'Get Hard' Off to a Healthy $33.8M StartMarch 30, 2015 01:05 PM

by Daniel Garris

Home surprised in a big way this weekend with a significantly stronger than expected first place start of $52.11 million. The 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation had been widely expected to find itself in a close race for first place with Get Hard heading into the weekend. Instead, Home led the weekend box office with ease, which was very welcome news for DreamWorks Animation after a string of softer than expected performers that started back in July of 2013 with Turbo. The opening weekend performance of Home represented the largest opening weekend for DreamWorks Animation since the $60.32 million debut of Madagascar 3 back in June of 2012. Home opened an impressive 62 percent stronger than the $32.21 million start of last year's Mr. Peabody & Sherman and 19 percent stronger than the $43.64 million debut of 2013's The Croods.

Although it received mixed critical reviews, Home proved to be critic proof this weekend, thanks in part to the relatively small amount of animated releases in the marketplace since December and in part to the star power of the film's vocal cast, which includes Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez.

Home opened with $15.72 million on Friday (which included an estimated $650,000 from Thursday evening shows), increased a healthy 39 percent on Saturday to take in $21.88 million and declined 34 percent on Sunday to gross $14.51 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.32 to 1. Home received a strong A rating on CinemaScore, which suggests that the film is going over much better with moviegoers than it has with critics and is a good early sign going forward. Home should also be helped out going forward by no new animated films entering the marketplace between now and the June 19th launch of Disney's Inside Out.

While it settled for second place this weekend, Warner's Get Hard was off to a good start with $33.80 million. The R-rated comedy starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart opened toward the higher end of pre-release expectations. The combined drawing power of Ferrell and Hart was clearly able to make up for both largely negative critical reviews and a relative lack of online buzz for the film heading into the weekend. Get Hard may have also received a boost this weekend from moviegoers who wanted to catch the film before Universal's highly anticipated Furious 7 enters the marketplace next weekend. Get Hard opened 5 percent below the $35.54 million start of 2010's The Other Guys.

Get Hard started out with $12.90 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.8 million from Thursday evening shows), increased a slim 2 percent on Saturday to take in $13.12 million and fell 41 percent on Sunday to gross $7.78 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.62 to 1, which could be an early sign of front-loading going forward. The film received a so-so B rating on CinemaScore, which also isn't the greatest early long-term sign (especially with the mentioned Furious 7 quickly approaching). The audience breakdown for Get Hard skewed towards male moviegoers (54 percent) and towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (61 percent).

Lionsgate's The Divergent Series: Insurgent was down two spots this weekend to place in third with $21.54 million. The second installment of the young adult series starring Shailene Woodley fell a sharp 59 percent from last weekend's first place debut. Insurgent experienced a sharper second weekend decline than last year's Divergent did; as that film fell 53 percent in its second weekend to gross $25.62 million. While Insurgent is having a solid box office run of its own so far with a ten-day start of $85.85 million, the film is running 9 percent behind the $94.38 million ten-day take of Divergent. It should be noted that the overseas start for Insurgent continues to be significantly stronger than that of Divergent.

Cinderella was also down two spots this weekend to place in fourth with $17.04 million. Disney's blockbuster fairy tale adaptation was down a sharp 51 percent from last weekend. Despite strong critical reviews and good word of mouth, direct competition from both Home and Insurgent have clearly taken a toll on the film's holding power so far. With that said, Cinderella has still grossed a very strong $149.55 million through 17 days of release. That places the film 8 percent behind the $163.02 million 17-day take of last year's Maleficent. Cinderella may still stabilize going forward, especially given the limited amount of new options for family audiences in April.

It Follows continued its noteworthy performance this weekend with a fifth place take of $3.81 million. The critically acclaimed horror thriller from RADiUS-TWC expanded into semi-wide release this weekend after two weeks of platform release. It Follows has grossed $4.55 million in 17 days and could hold up better than usual for its genre going forward thanks to its strong word of mouth and critical reviews.

On the platform front, A24's While We're Young was off to a very nice start this weekend with $227,688 from 4 locations in New York and Los Angeles. That gave the Noah Baumbach directed comedy starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts a per-location average of $56,922 for the frame. While We're Young will expand into additional locations next weekend and is scheduled to receive a nationwide expansion on April 10th.

Daily Domestic Gross Thu, Aug. 19 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 19 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables$2,727,301-10%3,270--$834$48,389,0851Lionsgate
2Eat Pray Love$2,668,929-9%3,082--$866$35,102,9161Sony / Columbia
3Vampires Suck$2,347,044-42%2,976--$789$6,363,9020Fox
4The Other Guys$1,710,211-11%3,6510$468$78,090,1452Sony / Columbia
5Inception$1,279,112-7%2,976-442$430$254,193,4155Warner Bros.
6Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$1,042,660-9%2,818--$370$15,696,2851Universal
7Despicable Me$880,750-21%2,923-490$301$226,394,9256Universal
8Step Up 3D$771,691-10%2,4394$316$33,718,5502Disney
9Dinner for Schmucks$750,059-8%3,04642$246$62,280,1143Paramount / DreamWorks
10Salt$688,281-5%2,588-729$266$106,485,0934Sony / Columbia
11Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$551,076-24%2,479-1226$222$37,959,4773Warner Bros.
12Toy Story 3$332,064-9%1,087-627$305$402,280,5189Disney
13Charlie St. Cloud$210,625-14%2,083-642$101$29,870,5953Universal
14The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$190,143-1%1,212-492$157$296,649,9347Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 19 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$167,523-5%830-164$202$17,421,5126Focus
2Ramona and Beezus$101,179-20%491-987$206$23,885,7704Fox
3Grown Ups$96,966-6%804-965$121$158,524,1968Sony / Columbia
4Shrek Forever After$50,023-6%254-54$197$237,459,24613Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Last Airbender$44,487-4%364-275$122$129,897,0477Paramount
6Knight and Day$31,7513%310-26$102$75,419,1578Fox
7Predators$31,014-5%343-111$90$51,197,2436Fox
8Winter's Bone$28,4252%136-5$209$4,965,70410Roadside Attractions
9The A-Team$19,4226%204-37$95$76,872,39510Fox
10Iron Man 2$18,1848%178-46$102$312,128,34515Paramount
11Marmaduke$17,8822%151-19$118$33,412,38911Fox
12Killers (2010)$13,177-14%169-3$78$47,059,96311Lionsgate
13Middle Men$12,911-27%2520$51$708,6462Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 19 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$70,7232%541$1,310$13,681,17222Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$23,712-1%163$1,482$23,770,79379Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Peepli Live$17,947-26%64--$280$437,7131UTV Communications
4Flipped$15,053-14%42-3$358$520,8682Warner Bros.
5The Concert$9,912-3%190$522$235,2724Weinstein Company
6Cyrus$7,465-5%84-48$89$7,284,3209Fox Searchlight
7Letters to Juliet$6,191-1%61-42$101$53,004,35214Summit
8La Soga$5,0080%11--$455$74,63817-57 Releasing
9Sex and the City 2$4,7335%81-119$58$95,347,69212Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Disappearance of Alice Creed$3,5949%122$300$94,8692Anchor Bay
11Solitary Man$3,58136%28-17$128$4,270,61513Anchor Bay
12Date Night$3,1266%33-13$95$98,669,09719Fox
13Tales From Earthsea$2,5459%5--$509$31,0891Disney
14The People I've Slept With$586-19%1--$586$7,7011People Pictures
15Princess Kaiulani$554-11%32$185$868,67514Roadside Attractions
16Twelve$492-28%12-219$41$183,9202Hannover House
17City Island$385-26%81$48$6,667,36622Anchor Bay