Two of the biggest movies of the year battled it out at the box office this weekend and Big Hero 6 managed to come out on top against Interstellar.
Big Hero 6 made slightly over $56 million, the second highest animated opening of the year and the second highest ever opening for Disney Animation after Frozen last year. It’s got incredibly strong reviews and audience reaction and there’s no direct competition until the end of the month, so it should be able to make a ton more in the next week or two.
Interstellar opened with just over $47 million and $52.15 if you combine it’s early opening in IMAX and 70mm film theaters. It’s one of the lower openings for Nolan, below the entire Dark Knight trilogy and Inception and, with the amount of hype behind it, might be a little disappointing to the studio but it might be a slow burn as people find out what the hell the movie actually is.
Gone Girl slipped to third with another $6 million, putting it just over $145 million for it’s domestic gross and just over $303 million for international gross. It’s David Fincher’s most successful movie domestically, topping Panic Room.
Ouija and Fury rounded out the top 5, with the former falling a little over 45% from last week’s number one weekend during Halloween.
Nightcrawler unfortunately took a massive tumble in it’s second weekend, despite being amazing, dropping from second to seventh with $5.4 million.
In 5 theaters, the Stephen Hawking biopic, The Theory of Everything, opened in five theaters and made $41,753 in each, one of the best per screen openings of the year, although not quite up to the level of Birdman’s amazing opening in four theaters that netted over $100,000 in each. Speaking of Birdman, it expanded to another 229 theaters this past weekend and moved up to eleventh.