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Weekend Box Office: Dreamworks’ ‘Home’ takes top spot, ‘It Follows’ makes big impact in wide release

Weekend Box Office: Dreamworks’ ‘Home’ takes top spot, ‘It Follows’ makes big impact in wide release


Home, the newest feature from animation studio Dreamworks, won the top spot in its opening weekend, beating out competitors with a $54 million opening. The total marks Dreamworks’ first box office top finish since Mr. Peabody and Sherman achieved the feat a year ago, and the studio’s first opening weekend victory since 2013’s The Croods. The PG-rated Home was joined at the top by fellow new opener and R-rated Get Hard, as the Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy took in $34.6 million in its opening weekend, good for a second place finish.

Among the rest of the films, the other big entry was the indie horror film It Follows. Distributors’ plans to forego a VOD opening this weekend in favour of taking the film to a wide theatrical release instead paid off, as the movie made $4 million in its expansion, finishing in fifth place on the chart with a $4 million total. Last week’s box office champion The Divergent Series: Insurgent took a tumble of over 57% to finish with $22 million, with Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella taking the fourth spot with a $17.5 million haul in its third weekend. The biggest drop of the weekend wasn’t the YA adaptation, however, as the Sean Penn-starring The Gunman fell over 59%, finishing its second weekend in tenth place with $2 million.

Among limited releases, the big opener was Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young. The film, which reteams Baumbach with Ben Stiller, opened in four theatres and earned $242,152, finishing with a PSA of $60,538. Abel Ferrera’s newest feature Welcome to New York opened in one theatre in conjunction with VOD, earning $400 over the weekend in theatres. Lone Scherfig’s latest film The Riot Club earned $14,000 in the five theatres it ran in, garnering a PSA of $2,800 to go with its VOD earnings, where it also was released this weekend. Hungarian feature White God made $16,000 in its opening in two theatres, for a PSA of $8,000, while The Salt of the Earth, a documentary co-directed by Wim Wenders, made $44,936 in four theatres, which gave it a PSA of $11,234. Susanne Bier’s Serena, which opened in theatres a month after its VOD release, earned $110,000 in 60 theatres, garnering a PSA of $1,833.

The top earners at the US box office for the weekend is as follows:

  1. Home — $54,000,000
  2. Get Hard — $34,610,000
  3. The Divergent Series: Insurgent — $22,075,000
  4. Cinderella — $17,515,000
  5. It Follows — $4,021,000
  6. Kingsman: The Secret Service — $3,050,000
  7. Run All Night — $2,205,000
  8. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel — $2,185,000
  9. Do You Believe? — $2,150,000
  10. The Gunman — $2,045,000