Big Hero 6 has box office superpowers

2014-11-10 11:29

Los Angeles - Animated comedy Big Hero 6 proved to have superpowers in the weekend battle for the box office, fighting off sci-fi epic Interstellar to claim top spot, industry estimates showed on Sunday.

Big Hero 6, which features a 14-year-old genius and an inflatable robot called Baymax, opened with a weekend haul of $56.2m, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations

The performance was enough to beat out Christopher Nolan's sweeping space odyssey, Interstellar, where astronauts travel through a wormhole in search of a new habitable planet. The heavily hyped film came in second with $50m.

Well behind in third place was the David Fincher thriller Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck. The film, which has earned more than $145m after six weeks in theatres, pulled in another $6.1m at the North American box office this weekend.

Horror movie Ouija, down from last week's top spot, took in $6m, for fourth place.

In fifth place, St. Vincent, a comedy starring Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts, earned $5.7m.

At number six was the Brad Pitt World War II tank drama Fury, with $5.5m.

Nightcrawler, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a sleazy videojournalist, slipped to seventh place, down from the number two slot a week earlier. It pulled in $5.3m.

In eighth place was John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves as an ex-hitman, which scored $4.1m in ticket sales.

Ninth was Disney's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day  based on a children's book of the same name and starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner. It made $3.5m.

And rounding out the top ten was animated comedy The Book of Life, featuring the voices of Zoe Saldana and Channing Tatum, with $2.8m.

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