Weekend Forecast: 'Interstellar' & 'Big Hero 6'

Featured Stories - on November 05, 2014 by BoxOffice Staff

nov7.pngThe holiday movie season officially kicks off this weekend with Christopher Nolan's Interstellar (opening in IMAX, 35mm, and 70m on Wednesday) and Disney's Big Hero 6.

Interstellar

PROS:

- Christopher Nolan's wide fan base and considerable appeal among mainstream moviegoers gives the filmmaker a brand name appeal of his own.
- Matthew McConaughey couldn't have picked a better time to headline a tentpole pic, coming off award-winning turns in Dallas Buyers Club and TV's True Detective.
- The supporting cast of Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine should further boost appeal to adult crowds.
- The film's marketing campaign has successfully pitched the flick as a unique event that demands to be seen in theaters, particularly in the IMAX format. 

CONS:

- The status as an original film--as well as opening against Big Hero 6 and in the slightly slower fall season--will probably translate to more of slow-burn type of box office run.
- Social media buzz has been very healthy overall, although not quite on par with that of 2014's big openers so far.
- Will the high-concept film prove too heady for casual moviegoers? 

Big Hero 6

PROS:

- Disney's animation drawing power hasn't been this strong in years, thanks to the success of Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, and Tangled.
- Families haven't had much to get excited about since the summer season.
- Early reviews are strong, which could boost interest among fanboys due to the material's source creators being Marvel.

CONS:

- Opening against Interstellar will likely ensure a very limited fanboy audience.
- The somewhat obscure title isn't as catchy or clearly-defining as Disney's recent animated hits.
- Since The LEGO Movie, most animated titles in 2014 have performed somewhat below expectations.

Check out our complete weekend forecast in the table below.

Title Release Date Distributor Weekend Domestic Total through Sunday, Nov. 9
Interstellar Nov 5, 2014 Paramount
$66,000,000 $69,000,000
Big Hero 6 Nov 7, 2014 Disney
$58,000,000 $58,000,000
Gone Girl Oct 3, 2014 Fox
$6,000,000 $145,200,000
Nightcrawler Oct 31, 2014 Open Road
$5,800,000 $20,000,000
Ouija Oct 24, 2014 Universal
$5,700,000 $43,300,000
St. Vincent Oct 10, 2014 Weinstein Company
$5,500,000 $27,200,000
Fury (2014) Oct 17, 2014 Sony / Columbia
$5,300,000 $69,000,000
The Book of Life (2014) Oct 17, 2014 Fox
$4,100,000 $46,400,000
John Wick Oct 24, 2014 Lionsgate / Summit
$4,000,000 $34,600,000
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Oct 10, 2014 Disney
$3,900,000 $59,500,000

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

Tags: predictions, Interstellar, Big Hero 6

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