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Weekend Box Office Report: November 7-9, 2014

11.09.2014

A heroic opening for Big Hero 6!

Animated excitement was the primary attraction for audiences this weekend, putting Disney's high-tech protectors BIG HERO 6 at the top of the box office with an estimated $56.2 million!

Although it's based on an obscure Marvel comic, BIG HERO 6 didn't seem to suffer from the lack of Marvel's brand in the title (Disney's previous animated release FROZEN started with $67.3 million and ended with $1.2 billion worldwide). Critics applauded the vibrant action and character camaraderie with a 91% average on Rotten Tomatoes, and moviegoers gave it a solid 'A' CinemaScore.

In addition to getting an early head start for kids to add Baymax merchandise on their Christmas lists, the PG-rated BIG HERO 6 (reportedly budgeted at $165 million) also doesn't have any new family movie competition until PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR waddles into theaters on Thanksgiving weekend.

Director Christopher Nolan's anticipated space-travel epic INTERSTELLAR wasn't far behind in second place with a $50 million opening. The ambitious odyssey (also carrying a reported cost of $165 million) got a Wednesday jump in theaters projecting on film, hence the slightly higher total figure. And the IMAX ticket sales accounted for a record-setting 25% of INTERSTELLAR's weekend gross.

The considerable running time may have been a factor in keeping the wormhole journey from the top spot (Nolan's first effort since INSOMNIA not to open at #1), but it launched with an additional $80 million from international crowds. Critics weren't all completely on board Matthew McConaughey's starship (73% on Rotten Tomatoes), while exit polls gave it a 'B+' CinemaScore (the same grade as Nolan's hit INCEPTION).

The two new movies took a bite out of the rest of the chart, which saw some swirl in placement. David Fincher's GONE GIRL actually moved up a spot to third as it crossed $300 million worldwide, and the Bill Murray comedy ST. VINCENT hopped two notches to fifth place.

Last weekend's neck-and-neck competitors OUIJA and NIGHTCRAWLER are now a couple of slots from each other, with Jake Gyllenhaal's nocturnal crime drama dropping around 47% of business from its opening. Brad Pitt's FURY slowed to seventh gear from third, followed by Keanu Reeves' hitman JOHN WICK, Disney's ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY and the computer-animated THE BOOK OF LIFE.

Outside the chart, DRACULA UNTOLD and THE JUDGE were nudged out of sight, while Michael Keaton's BIRDMAN is still circling just outside the Top 10 (it's up to $8 million total, now on 462 screens). The Oscar-buzzed Stephen Hawking biopic THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING rolled into limited release with a smart $41k per-scren average.

Next weekend brings back Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels as the infamous morons in DUMB AND DUMBER TO, plus the drama BEYOND THE LIGHTS, while limited releases have Steve Carell getting serious with a fake nose in FOXCATCHER, "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart making his directing debut with ROSEWATER, Jason Momoa getting hairy in WOLVES, and Tommy Lee Jones directing himself roaming the Old West in THE HOMESMAN.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Big Hero 6 $56.2 M
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2. Interstellar $50 M $52.1 M
3. Gone Girl $6.1 M $145.4 M
4. Ouija $6 M $43.4 M
5. St. Vincent $5.7 M $27.3 M
6. Nightcrawler $5.5 M $19.7 M
7. Fury $5.5 M $69.2 M
8. John Wick $4 M $34.7 M
9. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day $3.4 M $59.2 M
10. The Book of Life $2.8 M $45.2 M

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5:30AM on 11/10/2014
I thought Interstellar was phenomenal. Loved the way Nolan shot the robots, almost as if they're no big deal, really grounded the film in a believable reality. The sound design and McConaughey's performance were also fantastic. Loved it.
I thought Interstellar was phenomenal. Loved the way Nolan shot the robots, almost as if they're no big deal, really grounded the film in a believable reality. The sound design and McConaughey's performance were also fantastic. Loved it.
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11:23PM on 11/09/2014
Wow, back up to 3rd place? You go Gone Girl!
Wow, back up to 3rd place? You go Gone Girl!
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7:17PM on 11/09/2014
I was bouncing between a 7 and 8 out of 10 for Big Hero 6. Eventually went with an 8. I was satisfied with my care.
I was bouncing between a 7 and 8 out of 10 for Big Hero 6. Eventually went with an 8. I was satisfied with my care.
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6:20PM on 11/09/2014

Good to see the better movie win

Was absolutely thrilled with BH6, and my daughter said it was her favorite animated film ever. Interstellar was pretty, but fairly mediocre (and shockingly, less believable than the cartoon). Glad both films made some cash.....I thought it was a stupid idea to release both the same weekend. Probably hurt both (especially since BH6 couldn't be in IMAX because of Interstellar).
Was absolutely thrilled with BH6, and my daughter said it was her favorite animated film ever. Interstellar was pretty, but fairly mediocre (and shockingly, less believable than the cartoon). Glad both films made some cash.....I thought it was a stupid idea to release both the same weekend. Probably hurt both (especially since BH6 couldn't be in IMAX because of Interstellar).
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5:34AM on 11/10/2014
no doubt big hero six was in 3d! and seriously teach your daughter about yhr greatness that is pixar.
no doubt big hero six was in 3d! and seriously teach your daughter about yhr greatness that is pixar.
9:17AM on 11/10/2014
You can't compare two movies like than. A child's moie with a huge scyfy odyssey. So dumb!
You can't compare two movies like than. A child's moie with a huge scyfy odyssey. So dumb!
11:04AM on 11/10/2014
Exactly what comparison are you objecting to? That I said it was more believable (which it was), or that I said it was better (which it was)? Can you let me know which one I'm not allowed to do in the future? I'd hate to violate some really important internet rule.

What is it with the Nolan Fanboys? Geez, I've liked his movies too, but if you say anything about not liking one of them, they run around screaming until you beg forgiveness.


Exactly what comparison are you objecting to? That I said it was more believable (which it was), or that I said it was better (which it was)? Can you let me know which one I'm not allowed to do in the future? I'd hate to violate some really important internet rule.

What is it with the Nolan Fanboys? Geez, I've liked his movies too, but if you say anything about not liking one of them, they run around screaming until you beg forgiveness.


3:44PM on 11/09/2014
Interstellar was an impressive movie, and one I think I'll like even more after a second viewing. There was a whole lot to take in while watching the film, and it was quite an experience seeing it in IMAX. I hope it does well, but at the same time it isn't the more blockbuster-friendly type film that the Batman films and even Inception were, but I think it will have legs over the next few weeks.
Interstellar was an impressive movie, and one I think I'll like even more after a second viewing. There was a whole lot to take in while watching the film, and it was quite an experience seeing it in IMAX. I hope it does well, but at the same time it isn't the more blockbuster-friendly type film that the Batman films and even Inception were, but I think it will have legs over the next few weeks.
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3:20PM on 11/09/2014
Interstellar in IMAX, simply breathtaking.
Interstellar in IMAX, simply breathtaking.
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2:22PM on 11/09/2014

Loved Interstellar

I saw Nolan's' Interstellar on the weekend and loved it. I can see some of the criticism within the film but in all honesty I feel like the elements that were criticized were minor at the least. As always the cinematography and sound within Nolan's films are just topnotch. The writing is very reminiscent of the comic book writer, Jonathan Hickman. If you love a solid science fiction piece check this fantastic movie out. As for it not getting in first place this weekend, I'm not overly concerned
I saw Nolan's' Interstellar on the weekend and loved it. I can see some of the criticism within the film but in all honesty I feel like the elements that were criticized were minor at the least. As always the cinematography and sound within Nolan's films are just topnotch. The writing is very reminiscent of the comic book writer, Jonathan Hickman. If you love a solid science fiction piece check this fantastic movie out. As for it not getting in first place this weekend, I'm not overly concerned that it got in second. 50 million for a standalone film is great as it just the domestic gross. 56 Million for Big Hero 6, as a Disney film seems about right but a bit on the short side. I feel that out of the 2 Interstellar has a better chance with lasting power from word to mouth.
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2:13PM on 11/09/2014
Saw Whiplash this weekend and it was terrific. Great story and performances from Teller (who I can't stand most of the time) and especially JK Simmons. The guy was absolutely terrifying in his role and is a sure lock for an Oscar nomination. I suggest if anyone can go see it, do so immediately. It was that great.

Also saw Laggies as well and enjoyed it as well. It was a funny, quirky drama with a nice story and some subtle moving performances from everyone involved.

Looking forward to
Saw Whiplash this weekend and it was terrific. Great story and performances from Teller (who I can't stand most of the time) and especially JK Simmons. The guy was absolutely terrifying in his role and is a sure lock for an Oscar nomination. I suggest if anyone can go see it, do so immediately. It was that great.

Also saw Laggies as well and enjoyed it as well. It was a funny, quirky drama with a nice story and some subtle moving performances from everyone involved.

Looking forward to Dumb and Dumber To next weekend, but still a little skeptical of how funny it will actually be and if too much time has actually passed.
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2:11PM on 11/09/2014

not surprised

I think interstellar will have legs, people will see it twice and the adults who took their kids to see big 6 will prob see interstellar at some point.

I might take my girlfriend to see big hero six she likes kids films.
I think interstellar will have legs, people will see it twice and the adults who took their kids to see big 6 will prob see interstellar at some point.

I might take my girlfriend to see big hero six she likes kids films.
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