Long Range Forecast: 'Interstellar'

Featured Stories - on September 15, 2014 by BoxOffice Staff

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Following the huge success of Inception and The Dark Knight Rises, director Christopher Nolan ventures into space with Interstellar. Will the director's winning streak continue or will a crowded holiday slate hinder his latest effort? This week BoxOffice takes a look at the commercial prospects for Interstellar

Insterstellar
(Warner Bros.)

PROS:

- Christopher Nolan has earned tons of mainstream trust over the last 10 years or so. Few directors working today command the respect that he does.
- Matthew McConaughey is on fire these days following his Oscar win for Dallas Buyers Club and his spot-on turn in HBO's True Detective.
- Never underestimate the drawing power of a sci-fi film that defies genre conventions. For proof, look no further than 2013's Gravity.
- The film's supporting cast is very strong. Having Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain in the mix will help bring in key female demos.
- Interstellar looks like it could be Nolan's first attempt at a tear-jerker. If that's the case, it could improve the film's staying power.
- Nolan's passion for secrecy means that moviegoers will be truly surprised when they watch it for the first time. 

CONS:

- Opening the same weekend as Big Hero 6 will mean plenty of competition for family crowds.
- An over-crowded slate in late November/December could slow Interstellar down.

Check out our predictions for this film and others in the table below.

Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
Big Hero 6 Nov 7, 2014 Disney
$47,000,000 $183,000,000
Interstellar Nov 7, 2014 Paramount
$79,000,000 $332,000,000
Nightcrawler Oct 31, 2014 Open Road
$6,500,000 $18,000,000
Saw (2014 re-issue) Oct 31, 2014 Lionsgate
$6,000,000 $10,000,000
Ouija Oct 24, 2014 Universal
$24,000,000 $53,000,000
The Best of Me Oct 17, 2014 Relativity Media
$11,000,000 $34,000,000
Fury (2014) Oct 17, 2014 Sony / Columbia
$25,000,000 $93,000,000
The Book of Life (2014) Oct 17, 2014 Fox
$14,000,000 $42,000,000
Addicted Oct 10, 2014 Lionsgate
$11,000,000 $24,000,000
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Oct 10, 2014 Disney
$21,000,000 $74,000,000
The Judge Oct 10, 2014 Warner Bros.
$22,000,000 $83,000,000
Dracula Untold Oct 10, 2014 Universal
$8,000,000 $19,000,000
Annabelle Oct 3, 2014 Warner Bros. / New Line
$20,000,000 $45,000,000
Gone Girl Oct 3, 2014 Fox
$25,000,000 $90,000,000
Left Behind (2014) Oct 3, 2014 Freestyle Releasing
$13,000,000 $35,000,000
The Equalizer Sep 26, 2014 Sony / Columbia
$35,000,000 $110,000,000
The Boxtrolls Sep 26, 2014 Focus
$14,000,000 $59,000,000
This Is Where I Leave You Sep 19, 2014 Warner Bros.
$12,000,000 $34,000,000
A Walk Among the Tombstones Sep 19, 2014 Universal
$14,000,000 $34,000,000
The Maze Runner Sep 19, 2014 Fox
$30,000,000 $73,000,000
Tusk Sep 19, 2014 A24
$3,200,000 $7,000,000

Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report.  

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