'Big Hero 6' tops 'Interstellar' at weekend box office
Audiences were slightly more interested in visiting Disney’s San Fransokyo than Christopher Nolan’s outer space this weekend, as Big Hero 6 ($56.2 million) nabbed the No. 1 spot over Interstellar ($50 million).
Interstellar made its IMAX debut Nov. 5 ahead of its wide release on Nov. 7. In those first two days, the film took in $2.2 million and set the pace on Friday evening with $17 million to Big Hero 6‘s $15.8 million. But Big Hero 6 benefited from families heading to the theater on Saturday–and from those who aren’t parents heading to the theater throughout the weekend.
“It really is something that’s as appealing for an older audience as it is for a younger audience,” Dave Hollis, executive vice president of distribution at Disney, told EW. “Audience demos that we dive in and take a look at are encouraging in that big portions of our audience are the not-a-parent range.”
Interstellar has some challenges: At 169 minutes, it’s long. And while it’s mostly appropriate for all ages, the film includes a lot of science-talk that young kids may not be thrilled by. Big Hero 6, on the other hand, doesn’t require any previous knowledge of gravity equations or black holes.
The rest of the weekend’s top five bunched together in the $6 million range, with Gone Girl taking the number 3 spot with $6.1 million. The thriller, now in its sixth week, only dropped 28 percent since last weekend and is showing impressive staying power.
Perhaps more surprisingly, Ouija is proving difficult to dislodge from the top 5. The Halloween horror flick dropped to the No. 4 spot in its third weekend, not too shabby for a film with an 8 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a C CinemaScore expected to face a quick post-Halloween demise. Yet, it grossed $6 million this weekend, just $100,000 behind the more critically beloved Gone Girl.
St. Vincent, the comedy-drama starring Bill Murray as a grumpy older man, broke into the top 5 in its fifth week, with $5.7 million.
1. Big Hero 6 — $56.2 million
2. Interstellar — $50 million
3. Gone Girl — $6.1 million
4. Ouija — $6 million
5. St. Vincent — $5.7 million
Besides big-earners Big Hero 6 and Interstellar, The Theory of Everything also opened this weekend in five theaters. The film, which stars Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in an Oscar-ready performance, earned $207,000.
Nightcrawler, the thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal that finished right behind Ouija on Halloween weekend, earned $5.5 million, missing the top 5 and suggesting audiences aren’t too curious about Gyllenhaal’s buzz-worthy performance. Fury, now in its fourth week, also brought in $5.5 million. Just outside the top 10, Michael Keaton in Birdman continues to rise in its fourth week of limited release, earning $2.3 million on just 462 screens.