In what could be considered an upset, Disney Animation’s “Big Hero 6” soared ahead of Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic “Interstellar.”
Playing at 3,761 theaters, “Big Hero 6” opened to an estimated $56.2 million this weekend. That’s pretty damn good for a property that is not a sequel and one that most people probably didn’t know anything about.
The audience for “Big Hero 6” was evenly split between genders and skewed towards moviegoers under the age of 25 (58 percent). No big shock there.
Ans as you would expect, family audiences made up a whopping 72 percent of the film’s overall audience. 3D grosses accounted for 29 percent of this weekend’s overall grosses.
I’m always a bit skeptical of animated/family movie numbers for a couple of reasons: For one thing, kids don’t go to the movies by themselves. Their parents and/or siblings tag along, and there’s usually 2-3 friends along for the ride.
So of course weekend totals are gonna be huge for most animated/family films. But with an “A” CinemaScore and strong reviews, it doesn’t matter what I think. With strong word-of-mouth, “Big Hero 6” should hold up well in the coming weeks.
At 3,561 theaters, “Interstellar” opened to an estimated $50 million. Including two days in limited release, the sci-fi film has so far earned $52.15 million. The three-day opening is well below Christopher Nolan’s most recent non-Bat flick, “Inception” ($62.8 million).
“Interstellar” even opened below last year’s “Gravity” ($55.8 million), and Ridley Scott’s 2012 romp “Prometheus” ($51.1 million). The movie earned $13.4 million from 368 IMAX theaters, which accounted for 26 percent of the overall weekend,
The audience for “Interstellar”was split evenly between men (52 percent) and women, and skewed much older (75 percent over the age of 25).Word-of-mouth could help in the long run, even with “B+” CinemaScore. So why didn’t “Interstellar” connect with the average moviegoers? My guess is the 169 minute runtime was a huge part of the problem (more on this in my review soon).
Your top five board games this weekend:
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