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 Fri, Nov. 4 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tower Heist$8,062,980--3,367--$2,395$8,062,9801Universal
2Puss in Boots (2011)$7,812,356297%3,96311$1,971$50,285,3942Paramount / DreamWorks
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$5,392,867--2,875--$1,876$5,392,8671Warner Bros. / New Line
4Paranormal Activity 3$2,938,821189%3,286-43$894$89,721,8753Paramount
5In Time$2,475,551144%3,1275$792$18,984,1962Fox
6Footloose (2011)$1,474,845229%2,811-413$525$41,724,4654Paramount
7The Rum Diary$986,73785%2,29220$431$8,422,4712FilmDistrict
8Real Steel$928,809184%2,438-476$381$76,272,0515Disney / DreamWorks
9The Ides of March$600,722114%1,391-181$432$35,401,0075Sony / Columbia
10Moneyball$586,629141%1,278-353$459$69,014,0197Sony / Columbia
11The Three Musketeers (2011)$491,46542%1,863-1154$264$16,840,4613Summit
12Courageous$488,439147%1,1384$429$28,900,1726Sony / TriStar
13Dolphin Tale$239,01390%1,105-733$216$67,834,1307Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Nov. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$370,683262%514249$721$1,821,0092Sony / Columbia
250/50$313,58871%747-447$420$32,334,8296Summit
3Margin Call$204,166168%17838$1,147$2,002,6763Roadside Attractions
4Johnny English Reborn$170,66037%644-910$265$7,219,5703Universal
5The Thing (2011)$78,720-13%384-1010$205$16,558,4004Universal
6Sarah's Key$75,8001678%318289$238$7,144,97516Weinstein Company
7Contagion$68,47391%260-151$263$74,319,5889Warner Bros.
8The Smurfs$67,524--278-25$243$141,035,55515Sony / Columbia
9Drive (2011)$62,00349%136-58$456$33,929,1118FilmDistrict
10Dream House$61,050161%330-255$185$21,006,5806Universal
11Rise of the Planet of the Apes$50,109155%199-32$252$176,012,68514Fox
12Crazy, Stupid, Love$44,782106%172-78$260$84,024,13815Warner Bros.
13Abduction$41,014108%207-144$198$27,276,7357Lionsgate
14The Big Year$32,13040%213-210$151$6,945,2264Fox
15The Mighty Macs$24,7564%101-288$245$1,667,7143Quaker Media
16Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$22,06462%22562$98$380,775,32917Warner Bros.
17What's Your Number?$17,937204%10240$176$13,899,0746Fox
18Captain America: The First Avenger$17,677154%102-37$173$176,597,68216Paramount
19Killer Elite$13,001-5%119-138$109$24,977,0387Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Nov. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Martha Marcy May Marlene$129,175341%9866$1,318$694,4273Fox Searchlight
2Like Crazy$80,656389%1612$5,041$258,6522Paramount Vantage
3Born to Be Wild 3D$24,44492%490$499$13,892,60631Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Double (2011)$19,388545%4534$431$57,7562Image Entertainment
5Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$10,790166%98-53$110$38,308,24212Weinstein Company
6Apollo 18$9,38957%93-27$101$17,637,28810Weinstein Company
7Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$8,944203%52-23$172$23,997,11511FilmDistrict
8Laugh at My Pain$7,673142%39-12$197$7,658,7609CodeBlack Entertainment
9The Son of No One$6,603--10--$660$6,6031Anchor Bay Films
10Our Idiot Brother$6,334185%35-16$181$24,778,20111Weinstein Company
11Shark Night 3D$6,21571%44-46$141$18,817,56810Relativity Media
12Munger Road$3,914107%9-1$435$252,8286Freestyle Releasing
13Machine Gun Preacher$2,141-18%12-1$178$515,2197Relativity Media
14Texas Killing Fields$1,27624%103$128$38,9874Anchor Bay Films
15Circumstance$1,044-8%5-2$209$434,32811Roadside Attractions
16I Don't Know How She Does It$9289%8-6$116$9,606,8628Weinstein Company
17Dirty Girl$680369%65$113$52,3825Weinstein Company
18Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$607137%5-1$121$484,80310Indomina Media
19The Future$138-57%50$28$566,64015Roadside Attractions
20Project Nim$95197%30$32$406,19318Roadside Attractions