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 Tue, Feb. 14 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Vow$11,555,393247%2,958--$3,906$56,088,3351Sony / Screen Gems
2Safe House$6,082,050106%3,119--$1,950$49,201,2401Universal
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$2,394,07688%3,470--$690$31,004,9251Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Woman in Black$1,634,068191%2,8561$572$37,454,5522CBS Films
5Chronicle$1,307,94868%2,9081$450$42,044,5462Fox
6Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$1,113,13021%2,655--$419$24,500,4951Fox
7The Grey$874,021116%2,801-406$312$44,066,9163Open Road
8Underworld Awakening$596,213142%1,657-979$360$59,756,7414Sony / Screen Gems
9The Descendants$585,174121%1,581-457$370$71,521,71513Fox Searchlight
10Big Miracle$458,595106%2,1334$215$13,963,5702Universal
11One For the Money$409,535131%2,056-681$199$24,266,7513Lionsgate
12Red Tails$392,10995%1,580-767$248$45,673,9594Fox
13Contraband$259,440154%1,081-966$240$65,004,4205Universal
14Man on a Ledge$245,952146%1,423-1575$173$17,817,4913Lionsgate
15Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$228,398102%1,375-1130$166$29,748,5448Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Feb. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$436,576110%808-197$540$24,646,22012Weinstein Company
2Hugo$237,77175%702-328$339$64,815,68012Paramount
3The Iron Lady$194,48570%512-509$380$23,106,1407Weinstein Company
4Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$125,593127%469-608$268$206,695,6869Paramount
5Beauty and the Beast 3D$104,90184%678-1041$155$46,625,1365Disney
6Joyful Noise$81,562135%686-664$119$30,006,4555Warner Bros.
7Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$81,243211%111--$732$744,4651UTV Communications
8War Horse$73,15373%502-661$146$78,315,5838Disney / DreamWorks
9Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$71,92677%232-70$310$22,107,61010Focus
10Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$60,637130%265-592$229$184,660,2059Warner Bros.
11The Adventures of Tintin$49,00586%257-229$191$75,946,8578Paramount
12Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$46,02942%502-316$92$129,133,2699Fox
13We Bought a Zoo$42,13793%420-334$100$73,310,5308Fox
14Albert Nobbs$40,08859%151-94$265$2,099,6593Roadside Attractions
15Haywire$39,03999%263-988$148$18,638,1244Relativity Media
16My Week with Marilyn$32,87456%125-46$263$13,397,96112Weinstein Company
17Puss in Boots (2011)$24,30039%209-44$116$148,782,74416Paramount / DreamWorks
18The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$20,57872%230-66$89$281,190,70813Lionsgate / Summit
19Happy Feet Two$19,09954%202-53$95$63,706,60713Warner Bros.
20New Year's Eve$12,375105%155-67$80$54,511,86510Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Feb. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$16,11452%44-1$366$16,183,74145Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Shame$14,28555%52-12$275$3,630,41011Fox Searchlight
3The Sitter$10,65676%99-27$108$30,428,67410Fox
4W.E.$9,78752%1713$576$139,9982Weinstein Company
5The Devil Inside$6,788110%95-208$71$53,159,8046Paramount
6Coriolanus$4,06819%11-3$370$275,4354Weinstein Company
7Pariah (2011)$3,09248%13-6$238$662,6227Focus
8Immortals$2,94466%33-29$89$83,493,26714Relativity Media
9Young Adult$2,33490%35-23$67$16,261,07310Paramount
10J. Edgar$2,31166%42-93$55$37,297,17814Warner Bros.
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,56870%103$157$274,8688FilmDistrict
12The Darkest Hour$1,360134%18-21$76$21,219,4318Summit
13Vettai$1,109560%2-2$555$199,4695UTV Communications
14Margin Call$77-47%2--$39$5,353,80717Roadside Attractions