After months of mostly MEH movies, the holiday movie season kicks off this weekend with Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” and Disney Animation’s “Big Hero 6.” This should be a ab epic sci-fi showdown, as both movies seem poised to open big.
After a brief two-day run in 249 theaters, “Interstellar” explodes into 3,500 locations on Friday. “Interstellar” will also be playing in 370 IMAX theaters domestically, which is the biggest ever IMAX release.
The sci-fi adventure finds Matthew McConaughey leading a team of NASA explorers (including Anne Hathaway) across the universe in search of a new home for mankind. “Interstellar” also stars Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine, and a bunch of other big name people.
However, the movie’s main selling point has to be director Christopher Nolan. The man who saved Batman movies is a fanboy favorite, and always delivers excellent movies. Studios like him too as Nolan’s last three movies combined to earn over $2.9 billion worldwide. Usually critics like him too, but for some reason reviews for “Interstellar” have been mixed (71 percent on Rotten Tomatoes).
But I say to hell with those critics. This movie is still gonna attract moviegoers, even non Nolan fans. Regardless of what critics say, “Interstellar” will be another Christopher Nolan hit, and it will open in first place with at least $45 million.
Opening at around 3,700 theaters, “Big Hero 6” could give “Interstellar” a run for its money. The studio has been sure to remind viewers that the film comes from “the creators of Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen.” And I’m sure Disney is hoping for the same type of success.
But you know, if Disney had done a better job telling folks that the movie is (more or less) based on a Marvel Comic, “Big Hero 6” would probably win the weekend. But to non Disney fans, “Big Hero 6” probably looks like just another kids movie, even if the movie stars the lovable overweight robot named Baymax. For that reason, I think “Big Hero 6” opens in second place with around $39 million.