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 Thu, Jan. 23 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$1,744,265-2%2,663--$655$54,245,3101Universal
2Lone Survivor$1,374,9401%2,989114$460$81,013,9614Universal
3Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$1,023,674-1%3,387--$302$21,368,1331Paramount
4American Hustle$743,855-3%2,204-425$338$119,938,7536Sony / Columbia
5August: Osage County$655,749-5%2,0511146$320$21,485,5014Weinstein Company
6Frozen (2013)$654,820-3%2,979-260$220$338,780,2059Disney
7The Nut Job$651,102-10%3,427--$190$27,955,2451Open Road
8The Wolf of Wall Street$607,6271%1,930-591$315$93,030,4544Paramount
9Her (2013)$349,4952%1,7290$202$16,890,4085Warner Bros.
10Saving Mr. Banks$314,5983%2,449-222$128$77,077,3626Disney
11Devil's Due$300,030-2%2,544--$118$10,135,9631Fox
12The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$250,4561%1,815-1260$138$250,178,9246Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Legend Of Hercules$212,191-7%2,1040$101$15,812,2082Lionsgate / Summit
14Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$153,8351%1,731-1281$89$122,985,8665Paramount
15The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$152,2123%1,328-434$115$418,481,9689Lionsgate
16The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$93,4573%1,037-1547$90$55,734,7334Fox
17Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$80,682-1%1,569-1314$51$31,797,3683Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$154,1920%944789$163$259,183,46916Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$151,3613%761647$199$41,528,81714Fox Searchlight
3Philomena$143,1920%505-102$284$24,738,5799Weinstein Company
4Nebraska$106,4233%408-113$261$10,167,97410Paramount Vantage
5Dallas Buyers Club$97,2576%419294$232$18,328,70712Focus
6Inside Llewyn Davis$92,27716%585-144$158$11,489,3477CBS Films
7Captain Phillips$54,8055%9030$61$105,932,01815Sony / Columbia
847 Ronin$37,6400%343-1016$110$37,802,5004Universal
9The Book Thief$28,0413%190-113$148$20,303,11011Fox
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$15,8885%256-8$62$118,602,23017Sony / Columbia
11Grudge Match$14,245-5%408-1597$35$29,134,6484Warner Bros.
12Last Vegas$13,5622%194-46$70$63,665,70712CBS Films
13Walking With Dinosaurs$13,466-12%454-885$30$34,449,8045Fox
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$8,9973%122-241$74$8,031,4528Weinstein Company
15Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$7,724-5%154-38$50$102,003,01913Paramount
16Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$7,22210%391-649$18$52,277,5806Lionsgate
17Lee Daniels' The Butler$5,324-7%119-17$45$116,561,31123Weinstein Company
18Free Birds$5,295-13%199-33$27$55,341,03412Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$5,62616%62-7$91$6,206,80414Roadside Attractions
2Knights of Badassdom$4,745-22%13--$365$29,3140eOne Films US
3Out of the Furnace$4,7423%9760$49$11,287,6137Relativity Media
4Contempt (2013 re-issue)$1,46855%2--$734$43,76320Rialto Pictures
5Indigo Children$540391%1--$540$2,6211Striped Entertainment
6Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1$176220%10$176$5,1222Anchor Bay Films