Interstellar dominates global box office but Big Hero 6 wins in US

Cosmos-hopping space opera takes $132m across the world, but is six million shy of Disney’s $56m take in America

Matthew McConaughey, Christopher Nolan and producer Emma Thomas attend the Interstellar premiere in Washington DC.
Matthew McConaughey, Christopher Nolan and producer Emma Thomas attend the Interstellar premiere in Washington DC. Photograph: Paul Morigi/WireImage

The canvas for Christopher Nolan’s three-hour intergalactic drama stretches to distant galaxies accessible only through wormholes. So it’s fitting that the film comprehensively dominated the global box office on its weekend of release, with a $132m haul.

Along with the $50m scored in the US, the film took $14m in Korea, $8m in the UK and $8m in Russia. The film has not yet opened in Japan and China, which should boost sales on the third week of release.

But in America, Disney’s latest, Big Hero 6, won the battle for box office supremacy, taking $56m on its first week of release, and emulating the success of recent mouse house hits Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph.

Both Interstellar and Big Hero 6 cost around $165m, and both seem to have succeeded in the same weekend by targeting different markets, with 25s and over accounting for 75% of Interstellar’s sales, while 36% of Big Hero 6’s crowd was under 12.

Meanwhile, Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, starring Eddie Redmayne, took a $41k screen average across five locations in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto, and Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour won a $3,523 screen average.

Top 10 US box office

1. Big Hero 6 - $56.2m (new)
2. Interstellar - $50m (new)
3. Gone Girl - $6.1m (total: $145.4m)
4. Ouija - $6m (total: $43.4m)
5. St Vincent - $5.7m (total: $27.3m)
6. Nightcrawler - $5.5m (total: $17.5m)
7. Fury - $5.5m (total: $69.2m)
8. John Wick - $4.0m (total: $34.7m)
9. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - $3.4m (total: $59.2m)
10. The Book of Life - $2.8m (total: $45.2m)