Walt Disney’s Big Hero 6 won the weekend with $56.2 million domestic with an additional $23 million overseas, giving it a total of $79.2 million global. Based on the Marvel comic, the film cost $165 million to produce.
Not far behind, but also heavily hyped was Chris Nolan’s Interstellar with $52.15 million domestic and $132.25 million worldwide. That makes Big Hero 6 the U.S. box office champion but neither has opened in all foreign markets yet.
This is Walt Disney Animation’s (not including Pixar) biggest non-holiday weekend ever, beating the $49m debut of Wreck It Ralph over the same weekend in November of 2012. Disney’s biggest weekend debut was Frozen with $93m over last year’s Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Disney has to face stiff competition this Thanksgiving when Dreamworks Animation’s Penguins of Madagascar opens. Presumably, Dumb and Dumber To will appeal to a different audience.
Chris Nolan’s Interstellar had a very strong debut considering it is not a film based or adapted on anything. However, it is the first time the Dark Knight Trilogy director did not have a film open at #1 since Insomnia in 2002.
Here’s how the rest of the Box office weekend played out:
Top Box Office – Title Weekend Totals:
Big Hero 6 $56.20M $56.20M
Interstellar $50.00M $52.15M
Gone Girl $6.10M $145.43M
Ouija $6.02M $43.47M
St. Vincent $5.71M $27.36M
Nightcrawler $5.51M $19.76M
Fury $5.50M $69.27M
John Wick $4.08M $34.75M
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day $3.50M $59.21M
The Book of Life $2.80M $45.22M