The studio's latest family film is performing far better at the box office this weekend than industry experts predicted -- and should end up easily claiming No. 1 over the prison comedy "Get Hard."
On Friday, "Home" -- which features a star-studded voice cast including Rihanna,
The R-rated "Get Hard," which stars Will Ferrell and
"Home" marks a much-needed win for Jeffrey Katzenberg's DreamWorks Animation. While "How to Train Your Dragon 2" fared well at the box office last summer, the studio's recent attempts at launching new animated franchises have not gone well. "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" failed to take off last year, and forced DWA to take a $57-million write-down; in 2013,
"Home," which had a hefty budget of $130 million, follows a teenage girl (Rihanna) who enlists the help of a purple alien (Parsons) to track down her mother (Lopez). Moviegoers who saw the movie on Friday seemed to enjoy the picture more than most critics did. Opening-day audiences assigned the film an average grade of A, according to market research firm CinemaScore, while the movie has only notched a 48% fresh rating on the critic review roundup site Rotten Tomatoes.
"Get Hard," about a wealthy, out-of-touch businessman (Ferrell) who hires his car washer (Hart) to train him for life behind bars, earned a B-grade from filmgoers. That crowds are not reacting negatively to the $40-million film is likely a relief to Warner Bros. following the movie's uncomfortable debut at the
Instead, it looks like the movie will end up being another win for Hart. The 35-year-old stand-up-turned-actor has been busy over the past year, appearing in five films in 2014. His biggest hit to date has been "Ride Along," a buddy cop comedy co-starring Ice Cube that made $134 million domestically and spawned a sequel.