Weekend box office: Interstellar and Big Hero 6 battle for the top spot

For the most part, INTERSTELLAR and BIG HERO 6 have been neck and neck all weekend long.  But with the box office starved for a kids movie, it’s not surprise that BIG HERO 6 managed to grab the top spot at the weekend box office, if ever so slightly.  The two movies both hauled in over $50 million, which makes for a pretty good opening for both films.  Both of them have gotten decent reviews and are getting good word of mouth, so I would expect them to hang on in the top ten for the next several weeks.  I think we can also start thinking sequel for BIG HERO 6 since it’s the kind of film that screams franchise.  And you know Disney can never get enough franchises.  As for INTERSTELLAR (click the link to read our review), I think most people will chalk it up to another success for Christopher Nolan, even if it hasn’t gotten the unanimous rave reviews he’s accustomed to.

Next week sees the release of two polar opposite films in FOXCATCHER and DUMB AND DUMBER TO.  All indications point to FOXCATCHER being a great film with serious Oscar buzz.  Although I’m excited to see it, I’m more excited to see how DUMB AND DUMBER TO will perform at the weekend box office.  It has been 20 years since DUMB AND DUMBER first hit theaters and if the sequel had come out in say, 1996, it probably would have made serious cash.  But the people that liked the first one 20 years ago are all grown up with jobs and families and I’m just not sure anyone cares anymore.  My guess is that BIG HERO 6 and INTERSTELLAR will repeat as 1 and 2 at the box office next week.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Big Hero 6 $56.2m

2. Interstellar $50m

3. Gone Girl $6.1m

4. Ouija $6m

5. St. Vincent $5.7m

6. Nightcrawler $5.51m

7. Fury $5.5m

8. John Wick $4m

9. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day $3.5m

10. The Book of Life $2.8m

(Deadline)

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