November 9, 2014

EARLY WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: “Big Hero 6″” Surges Ahead of “Interstellar”


Saturday matinees, and the families who attend them, were the difference for BIG HERO 6 (Disney) this weekend.  Disney’s roly-poly new action star came back from being around $1.2M behind INTERSTELLAR (Par/Warners) on Friday to top the weekend by about $5M, according to preliminary numbers at Deadline.  On Saturday, Big Hero 6 jumped by about 50% to $24M, better than the 39% Day 2 bump for The Book of Life, and steady with the Saturday bumps for The Boxtrolls and Alexander and the Terrible….  That should put it at $56M for the weekend, not quite in Frozen territory ($67.4M in its first wide weekend), but well ahead of Tangled‘s $48.8M.  With 3 weeks ahead before any animated competition arrives (The Penguins of Madagascar on Thanksgiving weekend), Big Hero 6 should be on its way to well over $200M at the US box office.

Interstellar did quite well too, increasing by 10% on Saturday to $18.7M.  By way of comparison, Inception only held its Friday number on Day 2 of its release (although Interstellar will be hard pressed to match Inception‘s remarkable 12% Sunday drop).  Interstellar also had a better Saturday bump than recent adult-oriented hits Fury (3%) and The Equalizer (8%)–although it couldn’t match Gone Girl‘s 15% increase.  It should reach $50M for the weekend ($52M with its limited Tuesday/Wednesday release in non-digital theatres), and while it’s more directly competitive with the behemoth Hunger Games sequel arriving in 2 weeks, it should also end up over $200M in the US.  Interstellar also opened widely around the world this weekend (Big Hero 6 hasn’t begun its overseas release yet), and early numbers are very encouraging, with $17M on Friday alone in 62 markets.

Thinking of GONE GIRL (20th), it was among the trio of movies with $5-6M weekends.  Gone Girl declined 40% from last Saturday to $2.8M, and should have a superb 30% drop in its 6th weekend of release, on its way to hitting $150M by next weekend. OUIJA (Universal) continues to hold very well for a horror movie, down 45% from last Saturday to $2.7M, and with a likely 40% weekend drop.  FURY (QED/Columbia/Sony) is also holding strong, also down 45% Saturday-to-Saturday to $2.4M, and facing a 38% weekend drop.


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Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."