U.K. Box Office: 'Home' Scores Biggest Animation Opening Since 'Lego Movie'


'Insurgent' also beat 'Divergent's' first-week results by more than 40 percent.

After a three-week stint, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and the other aging residents of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel have finally checked out of the U.K. box office’s presidential suite.

The all-star British comedy, whose U.K. earnings are now just shy of $20 million, was knocked into third place by the far-sprightlier newcomers Home and Insurgent, with DreamWorks Animation’s Home winning by a large margin.

Home — which hits theaters in the U.S. on Friday, March 27 — took an impressive $9.1 million in its opening weekend, the biggest debut for an animated film since The Lego Movie bowed to $12 million in February 2014, and the biggest launch for a DWA title outside of the Shrek franchise.

While Insurgent’s U.S. opening saw it dip slightly below its predecessor Divergent, in the U.K. the sequel came out on top by more than 40 percent, taking in $4.4 million.

With schools letting out for the Easter holiday this Friday, both Home and Insurgent will likely see strong results next week as well.

Further down the charts, Sean Penn’s attempt to follow Liam Neeson into the old-man action genre fell short with The Gunman’s $600,000 earning it a fifth position (the last two Taken installments went straight in at No. 1).

Penn’s gun-toting did, however, outperform Jason Statham’s latest bout of fisticuffs, the Simon West-directed Wild Card — the top 10’s only other new entrant — which limped into tenth with a disappointing $200,000.