Weekend Box Office: BIG HERO 6 Wins Big Money Race

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This weekend marks the box office showdown between Disney’s original animated tentpole Big Hero 6 and Christopher Nolan’s outer space epic Interstellar, and a team of Marvel characters nabbed the No. 1 spot over a group of astronauts.

Interstellar scored $2.2 million in 370 IMAX locations starting November 5 and ended up with an estimated $50 million over the weekend in 3,561 theaters, putting its five-day debut at $52.2 million. But Big Hero 6 took the weekend with a robust $56.2 million from 3,761 locations and earned an A CinemaScore, compared to a B+ for Interstellar.

Animated movies are cash machines, especially when they’re actually good. Interstellar was disappointing. Just a predictable collection of sci-fi stuff we’ve all seen before. Nolan’s longest film (169 minutes) marks his lowest domestic opening since The Prestige in 2006, and the first of his films since 2002’s Insomnia not to take top spot. There’s always the next one, so hopefully he’ll get back on track.

In third place, the David Fincher drama Gone Girl continued to hold on in its sixth weekend in theaters, grossing $6.1 million for a $145 million total in North America alone.

Ouija dropped to the No. 4 spot in its third weekend. The Halloween horror flick has officially stolen the last weekend box office, once official studio results were released on Monday. After being defeated in its opening weekend, Nightcrawler, the thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal, took a big drop to sixth place in its second weekend.

St. Vincent, the comedy-drama starring Bill Murray, rounded out the top five in its fifth week, enjoying the best hold of any film in the top 10.

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Focus Features bowed Oscar hopeful The Theory of Everything, starring Eddie Redmayne as a young Stephen Hawking, grossed $207 thousand in its opening weekend in 5 theaters in New York and L.A. and should continue to do well as it expands.

Next weekend sees the new release of Dumb and Dumber To, the follow-up to 1994′s comedy, while Foxcatcher and The Homesman go limited.

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