Big Hero 6 edged out the top spot at the box office over Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi movie Interstellar this weekend. The latest Disney movie finished the weekend with $56.2 million while Nolan’s epic finished at $50 million.
Disney’s latest also had the second highest opening for an animated movie this year behind only The LEGO Movie ($69 million). Families overwhelming made up the majority of the audience (72%) and the film earned an “A” Cinemascore grade.
Meanwhile, it feels strange to note this, but Interstellar‘s $50 million opening was Christopher Nolan’s lowest opening weekend total since 2006’s The Prestige. Granted, he had two Batman movies and Inception sandwiched in between Prestige and Interstellar.
The film did do big business for IMAX though. From 368 IMAX screens, the movie earned $13.4 million, significantly more than other November movies like Skyfall ($12.75 million) and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ($12.6 million). IMAX accounted for 26% of the weekend total.
Much was made about the film’s 169-minute run time, but audiences have been willing to sit through lengthy Nolan movies before (even if two of those featured Batman). Interstellar will persist though as the awards season begins to ramp up.
While the film placed second domestically, Interstellar did big business internationally. PPlaying in 62 markets, the filmed earned $80 million internationally. The film’s biggest market was South Korea where it placed first with $14.1 million. The U.K. ($8.4 million), Russia ($8.1 million) and France ($5 million) also had strong showings. The movie will expand into China on Wednesday and Japan on November 22.
As expected, the rest of the field was comparatively quiet. Gone Girl took third with $6.1 million. The film has earned $145.4 million domestically in six weeks.
Ouija dropped to fourth with $6 million while St. Vincent edged up to fifth with $5.7 million.
In its second weekend, Nightcrawler tumbled to sixth with $5.5 million. Fury took seventh with $5.5 million with John Wick following in eighth with $4.075 million. Rounding out the top ten were Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day in ninth with $3.495 million and The Book of Life in tenth at $2.8 million.
Wide releases opening domestically this weekend include the drama Beyond the Lights and the sequel comedy Dumb and Dumber To. A few award season contenders will also arrive in theaters with Foxcatcher, The Homesman and Rosewater all getting limited releases.