Disney's Big Hero 6 Defeats Christopher Nolan's Interstellar at Weekend Box Office
Disney's adorable inflatable robot defeated Christopher Nolan's lofty space epic in a weekend box-office race which has seen two sci-fi properties bring in more than $100 million in domestic box-office revenue. Disney's animated adaptation of Marvel's Big Hero 6 accelerated past Christopher Nolan's Interstellar to secure top spot this weekend with an estimated $56.3m. Paramount believe that by the time all of their number's are tallied up, Interstellar will have taken around $50 million in box-office revenues, although that number should rise to $52.1 million when Thursday night preview screenings are taken into account.
This is the first time in 12 years that a Christopher Nolan film hasn't debuted in the number one spot at the domestic box-office. During that time, Nolan movies including every entry into his Dark Knight trilogy, Inception and The Prestige all opened up in the number one spot. The last movie not to do so was his 2002 movie, Insomnia, which was defeated by Star War: Attack of the Clones and Spider-Man. Still, despite Nolan's winning streak being broken, this could still be a historic weekend. If Paramount's numbers are proven accurate, this will be only the fourth time that two movies have debuted with a combined total in excess of $100 million.
There was better news for Nolan and Paramount in overseas markets, though. With Big Hero 6 not debuting internationally until January 2015, Interstellar swept just about every foreign market it opened in, bringing in an estimated $80 million for a combined opening weekend total of $132.1 million. It should also be pointed out that, the fact Nolan's movie raked in more than $50 million despite having to battle a Disney product, is a remarkable achievement on behalf of Paramount. Many commentators suggest that Interstellar should continue to perform well in theaters through the end of the year, with Lionsgate's Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1 and Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings providing the sternest box-office competition between now and 2015.