Grosses

'Home' a Welcome Surprise with $54.0M; 'Get Hard' Off to a Healthy $34.6M StartMarch 29, 2015 08:45 AM

by Daniel Garris

Home surprised in a big way this weekend with a significantly stronger than expected estimated first place start of $54.0 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 performance for DreamWorks Animation since the $60.32 million debut of Madagascar 3 back in June of 2012. Home opened an impressive 68 percent stronger than the $32.21 million start of last year's Mr. Peabody & Sherman and 24 percent stronger than the $43.64 million debut of 2013's The Croods.

Despite 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 $15.70 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 is estimated to decline 25 percent on Sunday to gross $16.43 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.44 to 1. The film 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 an estimated $34.61 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 just below the $35.54 million start of 2010's The Other Guys.

Get Hard started out with $12.94 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.8 million from Thursday evening shows), increased a slim 1.5 percent on Saturday to take in $13.14 million and is estimated to fall 35 percent on Sunday to gross $8.54 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.67 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 an estimated $22.08 million. The second installment of the young adult series starring Shailene Woodley fell a sharp 58 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 $85.92 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 an estimated $17.52 million. Disney's blockbuster fairy tale adaptation was down a sharp 50 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 $150.02 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 an estimated fifth place take of $4.02 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 $4.76 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 an estimated $242,152 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 $60,538 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 Sun, Oct. 17 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass 3D$11,583,954-31%3,081--$3,760$50,353,6411Paramount
2Red (2010)$5,250,177-43%3,255--$1,613$21,761,4081Summit
3Secretariat$2,489,141-38%3,0720$810$27,332,9412Disney
4The Social Network$2,396,518-48%2,86897$836$62,436,3643Sony / Columbia
5Life As We Know It$2,046,174-47%3,1500$650$28,620,1472Warner Bros.
6Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$1,288,733-32%2,502-723$515$45,994,7764Warner Bros.
7The Town$936,573-48%2,368-352$396$80,510,6295Warner Bros.
8My Soul to Take$757,455-46%2,529-43$300$11,915,5952Universal / Rogue
9Easy A$574,228-52%2,314-533$248$52,317,4815Sony / Screen Gems
10Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$555,479-49%2,045-784$272$47,894,8964Fox
11You Again$286,244-48%1,588-744$180$22,982,0004Disney
12Case 39$284,808-47%1,406-806$203$11,924,1153Paramount Vantage
13Let Me In$202,375-46%1,211-831$167$11,046,6913Relativity / Overture

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1It's Kind of a Funny Story$297,789-43%75715$393$4,005,1612Focus
2Alpha and Omega$282,350-21%969-647$291$22,567,6215Lionsgate
3N-Secure$230,432-55%486--$474$1,166,4061Freestyle
4Devil$205,305-56%891-551$230$31,577,4705Universal
5Waiting for 'Superman'$182,382-39%18279$1,002$2,523,0754Paramount Vantage
6Nowhere Boy$96,348-38%215211$448$412,2142Weinstein Company
7Resident Evil: Afterlife$94,782-38%438-574$216$59,731,7946Sony / Screen Gems
8Despicable Me$92,960-40%332-21$280$247,050,99515Universal
9Never Let Me Go$87,786-38%23265$378$1,660,3535Fox Searchlight
10Inception$76,449-53%297-106$257$289,751,94714Warner Bros.
11I Want Your Money$68,224-30%537--$127$249,4281Freestyle
12Catfish$56,260-38%116-27$485$2,629,3565Universal / Rogue
13The Expendables$54,035-34%30681$177$102,981,57110Lionsgate
14Eat Pray Love$48,131-36%30388$159$80,267,42710Sony / Columbia
15Takers$40,844-56%215-197$190$57,091,8088Sony / Screen Gems
16Salt$37,355-42%200-66$187$118,174,53213Sony / Columbia
17Buried$34,829-35%10311$338$765,0014Lionsgate
18Nanny McPhee Returns$28,610-36%205-113$140$28,893,1859Universal
19Lottery Ticket$22,042-49%138-56$160$24,584,0829Warner Bros.
20Grown Ups$20,198-43%114-45$177$161,920,26517Sony / Columbia
21The Other Guys$20,193-63%174-115$116$118,206,67811Sony / Columbia
22The American$17,854-44%144-30$124$35,491,8727Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hereafter$66,223-29%6--$11,037$220,3221Warner Bros.
2Stone$64,133-35%4135$1,564$343,1002Relativity / Overture
3Hubble 3D$47,948-32%611$786$16,778,28231Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Conviction$28,620-36%11--$2,602$102,3511Fox Searchlight
5Machete$14,064-27%96-71$147$26,477,7667Fox
6Under the Sea 3D$11,791-33%16-2$737$24,496,76688Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$10,965-29%77-42$142$43,575,71612Warner Bros.
8Vampires Suck$10,908-46%87-103$125$36,588,5539Fox
9Jack Goes Boating$7,112-40%49-41$145$428,1345Relativity / Overture
10Ramona and Beezus$6,556-45%54-52$121$26,091,42613Fox
11The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$6,056-53%49-34$124$300,523,11316Summit
12Avatar$5,059-34%10-4$506$760,339,00444Fox
13I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$4,722-32%11-1$429$66,0192Anchor Bay
14Going the Distance (2010)$4,102-27%58-138$71$17,797,3167Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Kids Are All Right$4,054-38%28-3$145$20,803,23715Focus
16Winter's Bone$3,859-23%34-18$114$6,190,68619Roadside Attractions
17Piranha 3D$3,719-31%28-26$133$24,973,4789Weinstein Company
18The Tillman Story$3,257-40%17-7$192$690,6829Weinstein Company
19The Concert$1,991-7%9-1$221$641,42413Weinstein Company
20The Disappearance of Alice Creed$135-53%1-1$135$165,89311Anchor Bay