November 11, 2014 by Paul Curtin
In what can be considered somewhat of an upset, this weekend Disney’s Big Hero 6 had a bigger opening at the box office than Christopher Nolan’ highly-anticipated Interstellar. Animated films usually score big with critics, but considering the hype for Interstellar with its A-list cast and Nolan’s track record, it seemed as if his latest epic adventure could win the weekend. But there was one factor you have to consider… Marvel. From live-action to animated, everything Marvel right now is red hot.
Disney/Marvel’s Big Hero 6 opened to a very big $56.2 million this weekend, which was up 15% from similar Disney Animation movie Wreck-It Ralph, which opened to $49 million around the same time two years ago.
While it didn’t win the weekend, Interstellar was close behind with $47.5 million and when factoring in the film’s early release, has since grossed $54.9 million. And although not a big loss for Nolan and Co. when taking into account Interstellar‘s five-day opening, it’s actually below Inception ($62.8 million), Gravity ($55.8 million), and Ridley Scott’s Prometheus ($51.1 million).
One of the year’s other best films, Nightcrawler, sadly took a big dive dropping from #2 last week all the way down to #7 in its second week. Meanwhile, similarly creepy drama Gone Girl rose back up into the top 3 after being released over a month ago.
Check out the top five movies at the domestic box office over the weekend via BOM:
- Big Hero 6 — Weekend Gross: $56.2 million — Total Gross: $56.2 million (new)
- Interstellar — Weekend Gross: $47.5 million — Total Gross: $54.9 million (new)
- Gone Girl — Weekend Gross: $6.2 million — Total Gross: $145.5 million (#1 last week)
- Ouija — Weekend Gross: $5.9 million — Total Gross: $43.3 million (#3 last week)
- Fury — Weekend Gross: $5.6 million — Total Gross: $69.4 million (new)