Box Office: “Home” hits a homer, “Get Hard” is solid — “Insurgent” plummets, “It Follows” underwhelms

boxThat late March animated window — spring break for elementary school kids, nothing else at the movies for them to see — opened wide for “Home,” a lesser Dreamworks offering that cleared $50 million, easily, a $54 million weekend for the Jim Parsons-voiced alien “invasion” comedy.

“Get Hard” did a very healthy $34 million on its opening weekend. Kevin Hart’s winning streak continues, Will Ferrell buys another year of box office relevance.

“Insurgent” fell off steeply, over 57%, to a $22 million weekend. It won’t hit $100 million until next weekend.

“It Follows,” the first decent horror movie of the year, opened pretty wide and didn’t exactly set the world on fire. Over 1,000 screens, over $4 million overall.

“Cinderella” is now over $150 million, and will pass Universal’s ghastly “Fifty Shades of Gray” next weekend as the year’s biggest hit. It’s doing great overseas, too.

“Do You Believe?”, from the folks who made “God’s Not Dead,” is still in the top ten — $7 million so far.

“Focus” will be a weaker Will Smith offering. It will finish up in the $60 million range, a little better than much older Kevin Costner’s latest, “McFarland, USA” is over $40 and will top out at $50, when all is said and done.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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