Follow Us on Twitter

Home beats Get Hard to top US box office

Home

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.

Next story: Colin Firth, Rafe Spall and Armando Iannucci all sign up for BBC Films’ 25th anniversary