As expected, Dreamworks‘ animated comedy feature Home topped this weekend’s box office with a sweet $54 million.
Earning about as much as Big Hero 6 ($56.2 million) and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water ($55.4 million), the film is one of the top non-sequel movies ever for DreamWorks, behind Kung Fu Panda ($60.2 million) and Monsters Vs. Aliens ($59.3 million).
It’s also the biggest debut for a DreamWorks movie since its distribution deal began with 20th Century Fox in early 2013.
Directed by Tim Johnson, the family-friendly film follows an overly optimistic, alien race named Boov, led by Captain Smek (voiced by Steve Martin), who invades Earth to hide from their mortal enemy and make it a new home.
Convinced they are doing a favor, they begin to relocate the human race, but one resourceful girl, Tip (Rihanna), manages to avoid capture.
Home is based on Adam Rex‘s 2007 children’s book The True Meaning of Smekday.
The movie is produced by Chris Jenkins and Suzanne Buirgy, with distribution by 20th Century Fox. It is predicted to finish with around $180 million, perhaps more.