Cartoons at the box office: “Big Hero 6” scores a big #1 at the box office

Big Hero 6 poster with BaymaxThe latest Disney animated feature film, “Big Hero 6” (based on the Marvel characters of the same name) is the top film at the box office this weekend. “Big Hero 6” opened with $56.2 million. While I’m guessing it won’t reach the ludicrously high gross of last year’s Disney film, “Frozen,” it’ll surely easily earn back its rather hefty $165 million budget. Overseas, it’s already earned $23 million, for a global total of $79.2 million. Forbes notes it’s the highest non-Pixar, non-holiday weekend opening Disney’s had for an animated film (and second biggest non-Pixar weekend after “Frozen”), which is promising.

Oddly, $165 million is also what this week’s second-place film, the Christopher Nolan space epic “Interstellar,” cost. “Interstellar” earned $50 million this weekend. Its totals to date stand at $52.2 million domestic, $80 million overseas, and $132.2 million globally.

Elsewhere, “Alexander and the Terrible…Day” came in ninth place, earning another $3.5 million (-46.9% from last weekend). Its totals stand at $59.2 million domestic, $19.3 million overseas, and $78.5 million globally.

Finally, “The Book of Life” dropped from fifth to tenth place (with Day of the Dead/Halloween over), earning  $2.8 million (-65.9%). Its totals stand at $45.2 million domestic, $34.5 million overseas, and $79.7 million globally.

Next weekend sees opening the needless sequel “Dumb and Dumber To,” which is the only major film until the following week’s “The Hunger Games” sequel inevitably rakes in a huge box office take.

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