This has been a good weekend for the film industry and moviegoers, as the headline releases of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and Disney/Pixar’s Big Hero 6 have both led to big numbers for the early part of the weekend.
According to Variety, both films are likely on track to cross over the $50 million when all is said and done this weekend, and if that happens it will mark only the fourth time in film history where two films opening on the same weekend where two movies have opened larger than that figure. June of 2013 was the last time an instance like this was recorded, where two similarly disparate films — Brad Pitt’s World War Z and Disney’s Monsters University — both crossed the $50 million threshold in their opening weekend. The “might” of both films is relatively even, with both sporting budgets of $165 million and opening in the same amount of theaters: 3,500. According to Rotten Tomatoes, Big Hero 6 is more of a critical darling than Nolan’s Interstellar, with the Disney effort garnering a 91% aggregated score, while Nolan’s film is at a “fresh” — but comparatively milder than both it’s weekend rival and his other films — 72% on the aggregate “tomatometer.”
In our GeekNation reviews for each film, Kate Erbland felt that Big Hero 6, “is a big-hearted introduction to the health care companion robot Baymax, who givesGuardians of the Galaxy’s Groot a major run for his money in the should-be-an-Oscar-category of Best Sentient Non-Human Sidekick in a Motion Picture.” Conversely, in our review for Interstellar, Eric D. Snider wrote that the film is, “still off the mark, a sci-fi spectacle full of fine, teary-eyed performances but powered by a cold, mechanical heart.”
No matter how you slice it, though, audiences seem to be excited for what both very different films have to offer this weekend, undoubtedly giving an 11th hour shot in the arm to a somewhat anemic year at the box office.
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