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 Wed, Jan. 18 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contraband$1,631,910-25%2,863--$570$32,323,2701Universal
2Beauty and the Beast 3D$775,822-24%2,625--$296$24,006,7821Disney
3Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$724,545-19%3,346-209$217$191,065,6025Paramount
4Joyful Noise$601,005-24%2,735--$220$15,196,7641Warner Bros.
5The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$574,531-14%2,674-276$215$90,454,1694Sony / Columbia
6Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$543,359-17%3,155-448$172$173,238,2225Warner Bros.
7War Horse$512,296-15%2,85673$179$68,634,9084Disney / DreamWorks
8The Devil Inside$378,068-21%2,551266$148$48,239,9812Paramount
9We Bought a Zoo$275,621-23%2,909-261$95$66,493,1494Fox
10The Adventures of Tintin$217,365-30%2,073-933$105$69,857,6024Paramount
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$175,162-31%2,849-576$61$121,414,5435Fox
12The Darkest Hour$58,239-7%1,182-981$49$20,835,1624Summit
13New Year's Eve$54,476-13%1,092-772$50$53,987,5266Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Iron Lady$560,637-11%802797$699$8,404,0593Weinstein Company
2The Descendants$303,051-14%660-77$459$48,581,6999Fox Searchlight
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$248,910-9%88677$281$16,327,8646Focus
4The Artist$184,6050%21644$855$9,570,0518Weinstein Company
5Hugo$91,708-9%545-298$168$54,855,7158Paramount
6My Week with Marilyn$78,697-5%400-184$197$11,662,7378Weinstein Company
7The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$50,512-2%708-350$71$279,897,2649Lionsgate / Summit
8Young Adult$43,007-11%387-443$111$15,893,2986Paramount
9The Sitter$42,013-10%449-309$94$29,837,5746Fox
10The Muppets$24,784-15%547-689$45$86,748,2568Disney
11Happy Feet Two$24,099-22%36580$66$62,146,4359Warner Bros.
12Puss in Boots (2011)$19,729-24%316-35$62$147,345,52012Paramount / DreamWorks
13Immortals$17,103-15%18759$91$83,131,58310Relativity Media
14Tower Heist$16,885-19%260-35$65$77,626,17511Universal
15In Time$6,435-3%106-26$61$37,389,18612Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$22,933-1%41-4$559$2,716,2057Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$12,240-4%450$272$15,550,33741Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Pariah (2011)$11,29221%2413$471$421,9303Focus
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$9,457-1%60$1,576$680,9584Warner Bros.
5J. Edgar$6,086-12%82-70$74$36,999,59310Warner Bros.
6In the Land of Blood and Honey$4,473-10%1811$249$169,9654FilmDistrict
7Drive (2011)$4,02125%322$126$34,979,94318FilmDistrict
8Vettai$3,035-60%34--$89$110,7801UTV Communications
9Dolphin Tale$2,194-12%91-58$24$72,252,47217Warner Bros.
10Margin Call$1,797-11%20-10$90$5,334,03813Roadside Attractions