'Home' Shocks with $15.6 Million Opening Day; 'Get Hard' Holds Its Own with $12.9 Million BowMarch 28, 2015 03:35 AM

by BoxOffice Staff

Fox reports that DreamWorks' Home shocked with a huge $15.6 million opening day yesterday, easily distancing itself in first place. The first-day figure represents a 34 percent improvement over The Croods' first day two years ago ($11.65 million) and 95 percent stronger than last year's Mr. Peabody & Sherman ($8.02 million). Despite a generic title and DreamWorks' wavering reputation over the past few years, Home was able to capitalize on voice talent that appeals to young and old audiences alike with Jim Parsons, Rihanna, and Steve Martin taking center stage. While early word of mouth isn't much to write home about (68 percent audience score, 48 percent critic score), the minimal number of family options in theaters right now should help the flick enjoy a healthy lifespan. BoxOffice projects a stunning $58 million opening weekend.

Warner Bros. reports that Get Hard bowed to a strong $12.91 million in second place on Friday. The Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy superstar team-up opened in line with the likes of The Other Guys ($13.1 million opening day), Blades of Glory ($12.4 million), and just 10 percent behind Ride Along ($14.4 million). With few successful comedies in the market over recent months, the teaming proved to be an irresistible one for Ferrell and Hart fans. Unfortunately, early word of mouth isn't positive: the film registered a lackluster "B" CinemaScore, while the Rotten Tomatoes audience has given it a disappointing 66 percent rating through Saturday morning (on top of critics' 33 percent). Even still, BoxOffice is projecting a hearty $34.5 million opening weekend.

The Divergent Series: Insurgent posted $6.85 million in third place yesterday, down 68 percent from its first day last Friday. That drop is slightly sharper than Divergent's 64 percent second Friday drop last year, and puts Insurgent at an eight-day total of $71.2 million (about 7.5 percent behind Divergent). BoxOffice projects $21.6 million for its sophomore frame.

Disney's Cinderella was off 50 percent from last Friday to $4.73 million yesterday. With $137.24 million in the bank domestically, the film is eyeing a third weekend total around $17.5 million.

Buzzy horror hit It Follows cracked the top five and pulled $1.4 million on Friday as it expanded into semi-wide release across 1,218 screens for an $1,160 per-theater average. That gives the flick $2.15 million in all so far. BoxOffice projects $4.5 million this weekend.

Daily Domestic Gross Sun, Jan. 19 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$10,425,645-38%2,663--$3,915$41,516,1701Universal
2The Nut Job$5,864,000-33%3,427--$1,711$19,423,0001Open Road
3Lone Survivor$5,081,295-51%2,989114$1,700$72,868,9364Universal
4Frozen (2013)$3,974,379-25%2,979-260$1,334$332,403,2159Disney
5Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$3,249,752-53%3,387--$959$15,451,9811Paramount
6American Hustle$2,410,355-48%2,204-425$1,094$115,697,5546Sony / Columbia
7August: Osage County$2,037,710-37%2,0511146$994$17,953,9914Weinstein Company
8Devil's Due$1,830,873-39%2,544--$720$8,308,2201Fox
9The Wolf of Wall Street$1,795,026-45%1,930-591$930$89,845,9814Paramount
10Her (2013)$1,110,778-37%1,7290$642$15,033,8445Warner Bros.
11The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$1,059,626-39%1,815-1260$584$248,524,8026Warner Bros. / New Line
12Saving Mr. Banks$1,028,209-43%2,449-222$420$75,159,5266Disney
13The Legend Of Hercules$1,015,360-31%2,1040$483$14,372,7942Lionsgate / Summit
14The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$675,697-41%1,328-434$509$417,450,9739Lionsgate
15Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$537,544-45%1,731-1281$311$122,099,1225Paramount
16Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$385,321-33%1,569-1314$246$31,333,2253Paramount
17The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$327,497-45%1,037-1547$316$55,095,8414Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$490,918-46%944789$520$258,277,70616Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$435,324-39%761647$572$40,644,13614Fox Searchlight
3Philomena$351,699-37%505-102$696$24,023,8659Weinstein Company
4Dallas Buyers Club$281,827-33%419294$673$17,813,22012Focus
5Inside Llewyn Davis$247,302-49%585-144$423$11,044,4257CBS Films
6Nebraska$221,859-47%408-113$544$9,657,92510Paramount Vantage
7Captain Phillips$133,424-47%903789$148$105,641,43315Sony / Columbia
847 Ronin$121,765-36%343-1016$355$37,598,2204Universal
9Walking With Dinosaurs$105,536-30%454-885$232$34,296,2545Fox
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$91,861-34%256-8$359$118,427,18617Sony / Columbia
11The Book Thief$58,911-42%190-113$310$20,157,29311Fox
12Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$43,132-47%391-649$110$52,222,0896Lionsgate
13Free Birds$38,896-31%199-33$195$55,274,79512Relativity Media
14Grudge Match$38,178-47%408-1597$94$29,059,2874Warner Bros.
15Last Vegas$31,229-46%194-46$161$63,603,32112CBS Films
16Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$25,859-30%154-38$168$101,963,47413Paramount
17Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$22,338-28%122-241$183$7,976,8778Weinstein Company
18Lee Daniels' The Butler$15,989-46%119-17$134$116,529,31723Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Out of the Furnace$11,159-41%9760$115$11,264,4877Relativity Media
2All Is Lost$10,055-49%62-7$162$6,177,18914Roadside Attractions
3Contempt (2013 re-issue)$1,305-41%2--$653$39,19920Rialto Pictures
4Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1$161-2%10$161$4,7352Anchor Bay Films
5Indigo Children$52-32%1--$52$1,8291Striped Entertainment