Congratulations to the team at Walt Disney Animation Studios down in Burbank. Disney’s “Big Hero 6” eclipsed Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” at the weekend box office. The estimated take for Big Hero 6 is $56.2 million dollars, a 15% increase over 2012’s fall release “Wreck-It Ralph,” but not quite as good as Frozen’s Thanksgiving Holiday opening gross of $67.3 million (and Frozen wasn’t even #1 that weekend).
With the cuddly robot Baymax front and center, Big Hero 6 was marketing at families and scored big approval ratings from them with an “A” from CinemaScore. It is also rated 91% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Good word of mouth should propel the film past $200 million domestically.
It’s also a super-hero film with a lot of great material for science fiction fans too. So the prospects of a long run in theaters are good. In fact, it looks like the first real competition at the box office will be two weekends from now when “The Hunger Games – Mockingjay part 1” opens and then it will encounter the latest in the Madagascar series “The Penguins of Madagascar” on November 26th. That will be tough competition.
If you’ve seen Disney’s Big Hero 6, let us know what you thought and be sure to recommend it to your friends and family! Let’s get it above $200 million in the US to encourage Disney to make more great films and, hopefully, more movies or TV with the gang from San Fransokyo.