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 Tue, Nov. 9 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Due Date$2,523,3079%3,355--$752$37,531,9861Warner Bros.
2Megamind$1,870,7721%3,944--$474$49,749,0221Paramount / DreamWorks
3For Colored Girls$1,053,145-8%2,127--$495$21,689,3261Lionsgate
4Red (2010)$637,47119%3,229-120$197$72,836,5134Summit
5Saw 3D$588,02913%2,8080$209$39,440,1922Lionsgate
6Paranormal Activity 2$410,3524%3,168-71$130$77,766,6103Paramount
7Jackass 3D$373,2336%2,165-974$172$111,395,3294Paramount
8Hereafter$344,45426%2,365-59$146$29,339,7454Warner Bros.
9Secretariat$309,35114%2,614-494$118$51,610,8465Disney
10The Social Network$250,18323%1,860-907$135$85,325,2506Sony / Columbia
11Life As We Know It$212,03129%1,950-910$109$48,882,2915Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$180,68743%672107$269$5,102,3594Fox Searchlight
2The Town$102,07115%801-807$127$89,938,7128Warner Bros.
3Waiting for 'Superman'$57,17033%242-88$236$5,508,3887Paramount Vantage
4Inception$31,19814%291-110$107$291,506,62717Warner Bros.
5Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$28,194-4%740-1270$38$54,069,1027Warner Bros.
6Easy A$27,81719%486-776$57$57,278,7958Sony / Screen Gems
7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$27,58620%353-580$78$51,938,0457Fox
8Stone$21,29628%109-16$195$1,528,1945Relativity / Overture
9Despicable Me$20,0901%307-28$65$248,352,54518Universal
10Nowhere Boy$16,21926%17522$93$1,227,0815Weinstein Company
11It's Kind of a Funny Story$12,9512%201-276$64$6,220,8185Focus
12Devil$9,805-1%284-351$35$33,486,3058Universal
13Alpha and Omega$8,3204%288-388$29$24,468,7098Lionsgate
14Case 39$8,10210%157-249$52$13,197,6606Paramount Vantage
15N-Secure$5,179-12%105-262$49$2,564,9454Freestyle

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$57,83611%46--$1,257$761,0671Summit
2Hubble 3D$34,01129%60-1$567$17,806,89734Warner Bros. / IMAX
3127 Hours$24,291-10%4--$6,073$316,2741Fox Searchlight
4Under the Sea 3D$7,38756%14-2$528$24,726,17091Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Catfish$6,32528%55-82$115$3,162,4938Universal / Rogue
6Never Let Me Go$5,95538%51-75$117$2,294,5388Fox Searchlight
7Buried$3,98531%46-61$87$1,035,6747Lionsgate
8Avatar$3,15130%91$350$760,468,13747Fox
9Let Me In$2,682-3%95-283$28$12,004,8566Relativity / Overture
10Jack Goes Boating$2,08124%31-4$67$496,4598Relativity / Overture
11The Tillman Story$1,96450%240$82$768,25612Weinstein Company
12Wild Target$1,076-13%51$215$46,5782Freestyle
13Winter's Bone$53899%10-1$54$6,219,00422Roadside Attractions
14Piranha 3D$128-24%6-13$21$25,001,82912Weinstein Company
15The Concert$83-96%4-2$21$655,81216Weinstein Company
16I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$78-57%2-1$39$91,7775Anchor Bay