Animated offering ‘Home’ is where the hearth is at the North American box office.
In a needed victory for Jeffrey Katzenberg’s DreamWorks Animation, the music-infused family film topped Friday’s chart with $15.6 million from 3,708 theaters for a projected $55.5 million weekend — the best showing for an original DWA title in recent years and vastly exceeding expectations.
Home, opening to an estimated $15.6 million, is nearly twice as much as Mr. Peabody & Sherman’s $8 million debut around this same time last year. It’s also well above the first How to Train Your Dragon ($12.1 million), and last year’s Rio 2 ($12 million).
Home’s voice cast includes Rihanna in her first turn in an animated film, Jim Parsons, Jennifer Lopez and Steve Martin (expect lots of singing from Rihanna and Lopez). Home follows the adventures of a teenage girl on the run and a misfit alien.
The movie, costing $130 million to make, got off to an outstanding start last weekend internationally, grossing $20.1 million from only 10 markets, including a $9.1 million debut in the U.K.
1. Home – $56 million
2. Get Hard – $36 million
3. Insurgent – $21.5 million
4. Cinderella – $18 million
5. It Follows – $4.2 million
Fader Magazine – The world knows Melissa Forde as Rihanna’s personal photographer, resident dancing buddy, and all-around ride-or-die homegirl. While all of these titles seem to comprise a full-time job, Forde’s somehow added another role to her resume— the newly appointed Creative Director of WRKNG Title, Wale’s hat company.
Just in time for the spring season, Forde’s created a capsule collection of bucket hats, all dipped in handpicked signature prints and fabrics, with a little help from her number one fan, RiRi.
“One of the reasons why Robyn [Rihanna's first name] and I are still so close is that she is one of my biggest supporters. From the first time I even mentioned that Wale wanted me to do the hat line, she (Rihanna) was pushing me to do it. She looked at every design with me—even when I did the lookbook shoot—and she recommended the female model that I ended up using. She’s so supportive.”
“Even though it was nervewracking to step out and add something else to my plate, it’s been so much fun too. Everyone [at WRKNG Title] is so great, so when they asked me to stay on and be the creative director, it felt like I was just continuing my job under a different title.”
Melissa also revealed that the coffee table book that Rihanna shared photos of on Instagram months ago, is in the making.
“We’re coming out with a coffee table book — Robyn’s other photographer, Dennis Leupold, and I have been putting pictures together. Dennis is an amazing photographer that’s been traveling with us all the time, so I’m really excited.
The pictures show a more personal side to Robyn—the side you don’t see on Instagram. I try not to get too personal on Instagram, because people feel as though they know you—but the book will be really raw, just photos of us chillin’.”
Rihanna has announced more news about R8, a song called “Bitch better have my money”. The promotional photo was uploaded on her official website, with the file name “BBHMM Single Art”, confirming it is a new single.
What’s even better about this news, is that the song is releasing tomorrow, on March 26th! While we all wait, check out the single cover in our gallery.