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Home beats Get Hard to top US box office


Story by Jack Foley

ANIMATED adventure Home has shot to the top of the US box office with $54 million, comfortably beating Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard.

The music-infused Home also earned a further $48.2 million internationally, for an early world-wide total of $102.2 million.

But Get Hard also performed well, hitting $34.6 million to claim the largest R-rated opening for both of its stars, Ferrell and Hart.

Heading into the weekend, both films had been tipped for a mid-$30 million debut. But Home significantly over-performed. The family movie follows a teenager on the run (voiced by pop star Rihanna) who teams up with a misfit alien (Jim Parsons).

The success of the film also marks a much needed boost for its creator, DreamWorks Animation, who suffered a miserable 2014 with the box office misfires of Penguins of Madagascar and Mr Peabody & Sherman.

Welcoming the figures, Fox domestic distribution chief Chris Aronson said: “Home is a return to the quality that DreamWorks Animation is known for.”

Elsewhere at the US box office, Lionsgate’s Divergent sequel Insurgent fell from first to third in its second weekend with $22 million for a US total of $86.4 million. That marks a bigger fall than its predecessor, Divergent – although outside of the US, Insurgent is pacing ahead of the first film.

Cinderella came fourth with $17.5 million and horror movie It Follows rounded out the top five with $4 million.

Thanks to the success of Home and Get Hard revenue at the US box office was up nearly 10 per cent over the same weekend last year.

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