As expected, the box office rebounded after a terrible weekend last week. Two new films accounted for over $100 mil and the winner is Disney’s BIG HERO 6. Its $56.2 mil take is $11.1 less than the opening of FROZEN. That movie earned $67.3 mil when it opened wide on November 27 of last year. Of course FROZEN had the advantage of Thanksgiving weekend, so a slightly smaller opening for 6 shouldn’t be much of a surprise. If 6 follows the average gross of films that opened in the same range like CARS, WALL-E and MONSTERS, INC. it should close between $230-250 mil.
INTERSTELLAR came in #2 with a $50 mil take. For Christopher Nolan films, that’s behind the opening weekends of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES ($160.8 mil), THE DARK KNIGHT ($158.4 mil) and INCEPTION ($62.7 mil). Of the two films, BIG HERO 6 has the critical advantage over INTERSTELLAR. The former has an impressive 91% Fresh rating while the latter falls around 73%. INTERSTELLAR should do well in the coming weeks at least until the opening of the expected blockbuster THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 bows on November 21.
The rest of the top ten earned just $39.1 mil and was led by GONE GIRL. Open six weeks, GIRL has earned a fantastic $303.2 mil worldwide. THE BOOK OF LIFE took the hardest hit. It fell nearly 66% naturally due to the opening of BIG HERO 6.
Up Next: The drama BEYOND THE LIGHTS and the sequel coming 20 years after the original, DUMB AND DUMBER TO.
Here, as always, are the weekend domestic estimates courtesy of our friends at boxofficemojo.com: